Ten Years - What’s next
Professor Peter Alegi
The Sports in Africa group at Ohio University has been at the vanguard of research in its field. Not only has it brought high-profile presenters to Ohio University; it has also served as an academic incubator for research on this important topic. One of the most fruitful outcomes from the conference has been the dialog initiated between between sports practitioner and academic researcher. The use of sports as a instrument of development has become en vogue and the academic debates fostered by the conferences have contributed a critical analysis of this approach. While the research and reach of the conference has extended around the globe, the hospitality and warmth of the hosts continues to be one of the program's cherished cornerstones.
Matthew F. Kirwin, Ph.D.
Office of Opinion Research
Department of State
The Institute for the African Child, the Center for Sports Administration and Latin American Studies hosted the 10th conference on “Sports in Africa and the Global South: Ten years—What's next?”. It took place April 10-12, 2014, in Ohio University’s main campus.
The first edition of the conference “Sports, Youth and Africa” in February 2004 was attended by participants from fourteen institutions from Africa and the United States. The following nine conferences addressed a variety of themes such gender, health, communication, politics and globalization invigorated Ohio University's leading position in the field of Sports in Africa among US universities and contributed to the credibility and the development of the champ of African sport studies as a valuable interdisciplinary arena. The conference has also hosted known African sport achievers such as the late Manute Bol (former NBA legend), Amadou Fall (Vice President NBA Africa) and Lee Evans (USA Gold Medalist Olympics Mexico 1968) along with several accomplished scholars and leaders in the field of Sport and Development.Among the major outcomes of the conferences are the following:
With the determination and passion of a group of scholars and practitioners of from Ohio
Scholars from France, Israel, Denmark, Ghana and various academic institutions and NGOs in the US presented their research and projects at the conference in 2014.