Happy 25th anniversary, European Fair Play Movement!

In 2019, the European Fair Play Movement (EFPM) celebrates its 25th anniversary. On this occasion, they organised a three-day gathering, the “Fair Play Days”, in Budapest, the European Capital of Sport 2019. The event series included the EFPM Congress, which was attended by several ENGSO family members, including Carlos Cardoso, our Honorary President; Anabela Sousa Vaz dos Reis, member of the ENGSO EWS Committee; Romana Caput-Jogunica, former Executive Committee member; Mariann Bardocz-Bencsik, our Communication Expert and PR Liaison and Bence Garamvölgyi, Engso Youth Policy and Projects Manager.

The Congress was held at the University of Physical Education on the 12th September. The participants were welcomed by Prof. Dr. h.c. Lajos Mocsai, Rector of the university, and Mag. Christian Hinterberger, President of EFPM. Mr Hinterberger highlighted some aspects of the Congress that made it a very special one. Apart from being the 25th Congress of EFPM, this was the first one organised in Budapest, and the first one organised in co-operation with the International Fair Play Committee (IFPC). After President Hinterberger, Dr Jenő Kamuti, the President of the IFPC said a few words and wished successful conference in the spirit of fair play.

Prof. Lajos Mocsai, Rector of the University of Physical Education, welcomes the participants

After the welcome speeches, Prof. Dr Manfred Lämmer, Honorary member of EFPM held a presentation on the history and potential future directions of EFPM. He pointed out that the challenges that the sport movement encountered in 1994 – when the EFPM was founded – are the same today: doping, corruption, match-fixing, sexual abuse and discrimination are still among the greatest threats in the world of sport. Mr Lämmer emphasised the importance of education in the fight against these threats, and called for stronger cooperation with universities and the media in this battle. He also pointed out that adults are a neglected target group of fair play education. In his view, this situation calls for a change, as adults as well need to be better informed about the values of sport.

The second lecturer of the day was Dr Zsigmond Nagy, Executive Director of the National Sports Agency of Hungary, who explained the legal aspects of fair play. Additionally, he presented the links between good governance and fair play, pointing out that fair play represents the moral manner of good governance. Concluding his presentation, he suggested to create a good governance charter in fair play.

The last presenter of the morning, Dr András Killyéni brought the audience back to the times of World War II and talked about the that-time Hungarian will to organise the Winter Olympic Games. The location would have been Borsafüred, a little village in today’s Romania. The lecture was enriched by old photographs that illustrated well why Borsafüred would have been a perfect location to hold the Winter Games back in the day.

After listening to these highly interesting presentations, it was time for every attendee to take an active role in the congress. The participants were split into fours groups to discuss the vision, mission and the strategic aims of EFPM. The results of the group discussions were presented at the end of the session and will be used later by EFPM.

After the Congress, the day continued with some celebrations. In the afternoon, the participants went to the City Hall of Budapest, where the World Fair Play Ceremony was held. The day ended with the EFPM Gala Night in the Hungarian Parliament, where the festivities continued. During the gala, the European Fair Play Award Ceremony was held, which saw our Honorary President, Carlos Cardoso, being awarded the EFPM Spirit Award 2019.

From left: EFPM President, Christian Hinterberger, Carlos Cardoso and Miroslav Cerar, EFPM Executive Committee member (Photo credit: Tamás Róth and Attila Szűcs)

At ENGSO, we wish our partner, the European Fair Play Movement very happy 25th anniversary and many more decades in the service of fair play!


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