Sports Africa conference comes to Africa for first time

Image: UFS hosts a conference that is held on African soil for the first time ever. Credit: Sport In Africa

For the next two days, the University of the Free State will have be hosting the “Sports in Africa” Conference in collaboration with the Ohio University.

The conference, which is being held in Africa for the first time since its inception in Ohio back in February 2004, will also be hosted under a new name, namely the Sports Africa Conference.

The objective of this event is to “bring together sports scholars and practitioners from Africa, America and European Universities.

This year will be the event’s eleventh edition and according to Lacea Loader, UFS Spokesperson. The Institute of Reconciliation and Social Justice at the University of the Free State will host the organisers and also allow them to use the university’s facilities.

Over the past 10 years of the conference (between 2004 and 2014) a variety of themes were addressed, including Youth, Gender, Health, Communication, Development among others.

“The theme for this year’s conference is “Sporting Subalternities and Social Justice”. Panel discussions include South African Sports History, Genderless Sports and there will also be two book launches as well as a blindfold challenge and documentary screening for those attending.

Academics can also anticipate scholarly discussions and feedback on the precirculated papers on sub-themes of the conference, which serve as deliberations on the future of sports on the continent.

The two keynote speakers will be Professor Andre Odendaal from the University of the Western Cape and Professor Peter Alegi from the Michigan State University.

Attendees can expect engaging discussions and empowering workshops on pertinent issues facing the sporting industry in South Africa.

Information about this conference can be found on The event will take place from 10-12 April 2017 at the University of the Free State’s main campus in Bloemfontein.

For more information, contact Rochelle Ferreira, 051 401 9808 or Tarminder Kaur at 051 401 7548.

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