Press Release. ISSP 14th World Congress Sevilla 2017
Seville has hosted a wonderful Congress of Sports Psychology, in the words of the new president of the ISSP
Sevilla, July the 14th of 2017
Today, July the 14th of 2017, the 14th ISSP World Congress of Sports Psychology concludes after five days. It was attended by some of the greatest personalities and international experts of sports psychology, which through symposia , conferences, posters and the Glenncross Workshop, have provided content to one of the best World Congresses on this subject of history. In the words of the newly elected president of the ISSP (Canadian Robert Schinke), elected on Thursday, it has been wonderful.
Around one thousand participants from more than sixty countries have participated in all kind of activities concerning psychology, physical activity, education and the development of new practical and theoretical applications in these areas. In this sense, one of the highlights was the presentation of PSYTOOL, which promotes educational values in the young athletes’ entourage. It’s a project chosen and supported by the European Union, given the quality of its approaches to systematize it through practical experiences in clubs, federations, coaches , families and journalists.
There have been outstanding personalities such as Martin Hagger, Alberto Cei, Yuji Yamamoto, Maria Kavussanu, Jaume Cruz, Gloria Balagué, athlete Arturo Casado, Olympic champion Josefa Idem or Alhambra Nievas, chosen as the best rugby referee in the world, among others personalities such as the Palestinian Honey Thaljieh (FIFA). In addition, cultural events such as the exhibition of José María Cagigal, pioneer of sports psychology in Spain since the 60s and a visionary of the Physical Activity and Sport sciences, founder of INEF (Spanish national institute of physical education). Besides, an outdoor area with a bust of Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games was inaugurated at the University Pablo de Olavide.
During the congress, Mr Robert Schinke has been elected as new president of the ISSP and Taipei (Taiwan) has been designated the city that will succeed Seville hosting the World Congress of 2021.
In the words of José Carlos Jaenes, president of the congress “We are very happy with how everything went during these five magnificent days. We have received several tremendously positive comments and we have raised the organizational level of this type of congress, seeking perfection in both scientific and cultural sectors, as well as the services given to participants. In terms of content, presentations and facilities we are very satisfied, and we have to thank the collaboration of all the institutions involved and the tireless work of volunteers and members of the organization. In sport’s psychology we always talk about the need to act as a team, and we have followed this idea to organize the congress. Seville has now a thousand new fans.”
The World Congress of Sports Psychology has been endorsed by the Spanish Federation of Sports Psychology (FEPD) and the Official College of Psychology of Western Andalusia, the Regional Ministry of Tourism and Sports of the Junta de Andalucía, Provincial Council of Seville, the City Council of Seville and the Municipal Institute of Sports, the University of Seville and Pablo de Olavide, as well as the sponsorship of Save The Dream, Teknoservice and CEA (Study Abroad).