NAY PYI TAW, 8 May 2019 – ASEAN senior officials agreed to enhance sports dynamism, competitiveness and competencies during a workshop from 7 to 9 May in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

At the workshop, ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Sports discussed the progress of the implementation of the ASEAN Work Plan on Sports 2016-2020 as well as priorities to be featured in the post-2020 work plan .

With 70% of the programmes addressed, ASEAN Member States agreed to employ sports-related capacity building and skills programmes as well as efforts that support the preservation of traditional sports and games until 2020.

UNESCO and FIFA’s participation in the workshop enabled the alignment of the Kazan Action Plan and FIFA 2.0: The Vision for the Future, as well as in identifying potential collaborative activities in the areas of Sports for Development and Peace and sports integrity. The discussion also highlighted identifying synergies with the ASEAN Health Sector in promoting healthy lifestyle.

ASEAN Member States agreed that the post-2020 work plan will be crafted programmatically with focus on regional-level initiatives. Sports tourism, sports science and promotion of physical activity for elderly for active ageing emerged as potential post-2020 priorities.

The workshop was hosted by Myanmar as Chair of ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Sports.