Ebenezer O. Morakinyo
Department of Human Kinetics & Health Education, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
I am a lecturer in the department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, University of Ibadan in the area of Administration and Management of PHE and Sports. My special area and focus of study is SPORTS LAW. Presently a Professor in the university, Secretary- General, International Council of Health, Physical, Health Education, Recreation, Sports and Dance (African Region), Member, International Association of Sports Law and member of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Technical Commission of Nigeria Olympic Committee and member, Sports Organizing Commission of the Confederation of African Volleyball. Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Sport Science and Health Promotion.
The Role of Sports in Peace Building
Living in a peaceful and normal environment, we tend to live carefree lives which are taken for granted, until the peace we are enjoying is disrupted by violence. War is an unfortunate phenomenon that overturns the peaceful existence of the people in a society making them to lose control over what happens to them, dreams are shattered and personal achievements are hindered. People are physically and psychologically destroyed. The nature and importance of sports have been in doubt for a very long time. And one of the most contested areas is the role of sports in peace building. It was in 2005 that the status of sports, with the declaration, by United Nations, as the International year of Sports and Physical Education when the role of sports as a peace building factor was further established. This paper shall focus on the roles of sports in peace building in the areas of security, addressing poverty, rebuilding the economic, reconciling torn societies and other areas. The paper shall be concluded by proffering recommendations on the effective role of sports in peace building.