International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE/CIEPSS) visiting UJ

ICSSPE is one of the most influential global organisations in the field of multi-disciplinary sport studies and physical education. The organisation is mostly responsible for organising the pre-Olympic Scientific Conferences and took a leadership role in the discussions of MINEPS VI and the production of the KAZAN Plan in 2017.

The University of Johannesburg Olympic Studies Centre (UJ-OSC) in collaboration with the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE/CIEPS) hosted the event.

International experts discussed major issues and controversies in global sports with national academics and SASCOC leadership, contextualising discourses and stimulated debates on issues such as gender equality, social transformation, school sport, sport event legacy.

ICSSPE members task at this conference was to seek new and better ways to showcase the extent to which the Olympics have impacted development and population welfare through the decades to the present days, indicate ways to better social and economic predicaments facing underrepresented groups, while providing avenues through which Olympic games and other sporting activities can be used to effectively tackle issues of diversity and inclusion in Southern Africa Sports,” said Prof Cora Burnett-Louw, UJ’s Research Professor and Director of Olympic Studies Centre.

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire; it has the power to promote and unite people from all social classes, cultures and backgrounds, and to support people who wish to excel in a positive way.”

(Nelson Mandela, 2001)

This famous quote from Nelson Mandela echoed the sentiments shared at day one symposium themed ‘Debating Issues and Controversies in Modern Sport: From the Global to the Local”, on 5 September 2018, at Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus.

The conference was comprised of three days of exciting activities. The first day saw various speakers, presentations and panel discussions, which included discussions on Sport events and the economic impacts; Funding models for sport in SA; Citius+Altius+Fortuis+Captosius: What does it mean for sport?; Elite sport and national identity; The gender gap in South Africa; sport coachingSocial case for South Africa in sport; Doping in Sport; The coaching environment of SA and Physical Education and school sport in Gauteng. The second day was Dr Sam Ramsamy’s lecture on “Recent developments in international sport” and on the third and final day, the conference concluded with the ICSSPE General Assembly.

Also speaking at the event was the Honourable Mr Gert Oosthuizen – Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation, who briefly touched on the KAZAN Action Plan and relevance for South Africa.His emphasis was on the need todevelop a comprehensive vision of inclusive access for all, physical education and physical activity; maximizing the contribution of sport to sustainable development and peace and in protecting the integrity of sport.

SASCOC President, Gideon Sam commented: “As the national sports committee, we acknowledge and value such important conferences that provide a platform to talk about major issues and controversies of global sports.”

“The ICSSPE Conference provides a platform to share ideas at an international level on different issues on sport and in turn how these could affect athletes’ performances. We envisage that this will stimulate positive change in the sport industry in our country, thereby improving South Africa’s team performance at the upcoming events such as Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020,” Sam added.

Global members of ICSSPE used this opportunity to further advance ICSSPE activities on the African continent.


From Left to Right: SASCOC President, Mr Gideon Sam; Mr Gert Oosthuizen, Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation; UJ’s Director of Olympic Studies Centre, Prof Cora Burnett-Louw and Patron of the UJ Olympic Studies Centre, Dr Sam Ramsamy.






Day two (Dr Sam Ramsamy’s (Patron of the UJ Olympic Studies Centre)lecture on “Recent developments in international sport) at SASCOC offices

ICSSPE Members