Japan hosts the inaugural ASIA Congress linking high performance institutes in Asian region
The Japan Sport Council (JSC) hosted the 1st Inaugural Congress of the Association of Sports Institutes in Asia (ASIA) on 15-16th March at the AJINOMOTO National Training Center in Tokyo, Japan.
The Association of Sports Institutes in Asia, namely ASIA, was founded in collaboration with ASPIRE Academy, Hong Kong Sports Institute, Singapore Sports Institute, and JSC on the 25th February 2015. It is the region’s first association bringing Asian high performance training centers together.
The mission is to foster the best practices in the area of long-term Asian athlete development through a comprehensive collaboration, including exchange of expertise and networking opportunities for directors, managers, experts and administrators from high performance sectors in Asian region.
This year, over 60 people from 16 nations attended the Inaugural ASIA Congress. Attendees consisted of representatives from national training centers, sports institutions, and sporting organizations. ASIA congress represented an unparalleled opportunity to explore and share knowledge on leadership and management, pathways to innovation, and branding and marketing of high performance institutions, holding workshops, presentations and networking sessions.
Guest speakers included:
Dr. Brue Mason, sports bio-mechanist and director, Appsen Company
Mr. James Walton, clients and markets partner, Deloitte Singapore & Southeast Asia
Mr. Wouter Smak, account manager for international federations and NOCs/NPCs, Gracenote Sports
Mr. Chris Earle, head of education, The Football Association of England
Mr. Wouter Smak from Gracenote, in his presentation, indicated that the medalists share by Asian countries increased from 11% in 1988 to 23% in 2012. Gracenote Sports forecasts the share will further increase to 25% in Rio 2016.
Mr. Takahiro Waku, the Chair of the preparatory executive committee of ASIA and the Director of the Department of Information and International Relations of the JSC, says, “Asia is now getting bigger potential and opportunities as there are 45 nations (OCA members) with 4.4 billion people. Unlike Europe and other continents, we did not have a platform to share our resources, learn from each other, and collaborate to develop the level of high performance sports in Asia with leadership.”
Mr. Yasuhiro Yamashita, former Olympic champion in Judo and currently the Director General of the National Training Center, showed the great expectation of the ASIA by saying, “ASIA is expected to become a hub for high performance sports centers by enhancing our collaboration among Asian countries as a whole
The framework of ASIA activities will be held in the form of an annual congress, exchange programs and workshops. The suggested collaborative activities include, talent identification and development, sports science and medicine, recovery centers, funding and investment evaluation schemes, strategic planning and evaluation, Olympic and Paralympic preparation, elite coaching development and methodologies, management of high performance institutes, sports intelligence and analytics, career development and education, elite competition preparation, and roles in IF/NF/NOC.
ASIA intends to increase membership to enhance its collaboration and strength.
The second ASIA Congress will be held in Hong Kong in April 2017.
For more information, please visit the website of ASIA: www.sportasia.org