Around 80 sport organisations have joined forces with United Through Sports (UTS) to engage youth in sport during the pandemic. The International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, Special Olympics, AIMS, SportAccord and GAISF have granted patronage towards this unique festival event.
To get youngsters around the world active during the COVID-19 pandemic, multiple sport organisations have partnered with United Through Sports to launch the first ever virtual youth festival for youth of all abilities: UTS World Virtual Youth Festival 2020. The event invites youngsters in age categories from under 10s to under 18 years to take part in online qualification events across 5 competitions (Max Fit, Aero Fit, Talent, Inclusive Sports and Special Olympics) between August and October.
Winners from the qualification events will progress to the online finals that will be hosted in Thailand between 18-23rd November to coincide with the United Nations World Children’s Day.
The festival will include youths not only from participating International Federations, but also those with different abilities mental and physical, youths from migrant and refugee backgrounds, youth from the indigenous community and those from vulnerable backgrounds who are often marginalised by society.
The festival will include virtual medal ceremonies, with the physical medals after the closing and certificates for all participants. With youth oriented inspirational opening and closing ceremonies this unique event will incorporate a vital platform of education by including; an opening conference, 9 panel discussions and 3 workshops. Topics of focus will include: Peace through sport, Inclusion and non-discrimination, Athletes’ roles and responsibilities, Safeguarding and child protection, Millennials for the future among others.
Over 100 youth ambassadors, together with the leaders of sport and all participating entities will make a unified call to action towards a more inclusive and better tomorrow.
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- 29th October participant finals registration opens
- 9th November online participant finals registration closes
- 6th November ITO Webinar 2
- 18-22nd November UTS Education Program
- 20-22nd November Festival Finals
- 20th November Opening Ceremony
- 22nd November Closing Ceremony
- 20-22nd November Virtual Medal Ceremonies
- 25th November Medals and Certificates sent to all winners and participants