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The Center for Sports Administration, the Institute for African Child and the School of Health Sciences at Ohio University present the fourth
annual Sports and Africa symposium, entitled Health, Science and Sport in African Symposium. The symposium examined the interface between health and sports in Africa and the development of pedagogy for youth sports for health education and implication of sciences in African sports.

The continent of Africa faces numerous health problems that not only diminish life longevity but also compromise economic and political progress. Many argue that without an amelioration in public health, Africa will not be able to make other advancements. One prime example that illustrates this belief is the focus that the Gates Foundation has placed on public health issues. In this light, how may sports be used to contribute the health of African people? On the other hand, should sports play a role in development or are they are they merely a distraction, in light of more pressing problems? Likewise this symposium also sought  to understand the role of sports on a continent that in many ways lacks many of the main ingredients of athletic success, namely potable water, adequate nutrition, political vision and infrastructure.

The conference invited proposals that broadly addressed sports, health and science in Africa. Papers presented included topics as sports as a form of public health sensibilization, sports as a tool of health betterment, the diminishing emphasis on physical fitness programs in African schools, athletes' and coaches' training, youth development, biomedics, doping, "the stereotypical African athlete," "scientific racism," gendered science, facilities and infrastructure, North-South cooperation (and conflict).

The keynote address was delivered by the late Manute Bol a former NBA player from South Sudan. Manute Bol discussed with the audience his life growing up in South Sudan his career with the NBA and his humanitarian work in South Sudan. 

One on One with Carolyn Lewis: Manute Bol (part 1)
Conversation with Manute Bol who discussed his life life, work, family, NBA career and investment in Sudan.

One on One with Carolyn Lewis: Manute Bol (part 2)

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Gerard Akindes
Ohio University
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Michigan State University
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