Run for a Reason


SportAccord, (the union both Olympic and non-Olympic International Federations) celebrates the first International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) with a commemorative run at 16:00 local time on Sunday 6 April during SportAccord Convention.

In late August 2013, the UN General Assembly declared the 6 April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. The adoption of this day signifies the increasing recognition by the United Nations of the positive influence that sport can have on the advancement of human rights, and social and economic development.

To signal this important date and to join the world commemoration, SportAccord has decided to invite a local organisation, the Antalya Volunteers Association (Antalya Gönüllüleri Dernegi) to participate in the celebration, in recognition of their extraordinary social work within the Antalya community. All 50 Runners will be either children, which benefit from the Association’s activities, or volunteers who allow these to be implemented.

The Association was founded in 2010 in order to create a social approach with moral and material cooperation, solidarity and sharing, as reuniting the citizens of Antalya in a nature conscious, social and cultural environment. The association focuses in fields such as persons with disabilities, youth, environment, arts and culture and employment.

One of its Units’ motto is “We are the future”. It attends to the social needs of children and youngsters in order to improve their mental and physical health. It also provides advice centers, offers sports activities, organizes trainings sessions and supports youth through the Youth in Action projects.

Mr. Marius Vizer, SportAccord President stated that, “through years, this date shall become universal, a day dedicated to sport practices where everybody, from global to local, commits to promote social positive impact through sport, and sport will truly become a tool to build better society.”

For clarification regarding the run, please contact [email protected]