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In our increasingly busy personal and professional lifestyles, recognising the correlation between a healthy body/mind and healthy nation is imperative for individual and public health and wellness. Australia as a sport loving nation encourages an outdoor lifestyle in the community to achieve a work-life balance and also connect physical and mental fitness with nature and sports. As a leader in international sport, Australian has shared its knowledge and experience in achieving excellence in sports, with Indian counterparts. It has provided training to Indian officials in sports administration, sports education, sports science and capacity building to several Indian sports departments, associations and federations. During his visit to Australia in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi underlined Australia’s contribution and leadership in sports and recommended bolstering bilateral cooperation in sport.
An MoU in sports cooperation exists between the two sides signed in 1999 that needs to be expanded and include the wellness industry. Following Prime Minister Modi’s 27 September 2014 speech in the United Nations General Assembly, India’s stellar leadership in yoga has been recognised by the United Nations, declaring 21 June as the world yoga day.
India’s proposal had received the support and co-sponsorship of 177 nations, a record in itself. Images of mass yoga events from around the world make the headlines every year and Australia can benefit from India’s excellence in yoga.
Corruption in sports remains a potent challenge to many nations including India, which can benefit from best practices in preserving integrity in sport from Australia, where sporting codes, regulatory bodies and law enforcement agencies work in tandem to preserve integrity in sport. As India’s global footprint in sport expands it needs to constitute policy mechanisms and sport practices to keep sports clean.
The Sports and Wellness initiative will not only promote research collaborations and practitioner’s exchanges in the field, but also deliver capacity building training programs to law enforcement agencies, regulators and sporting codes in both countries and host workshops and industry dialogues to enable knowledge exchange between Australia and India.
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