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ECOWAS COMMISSION-

INVITATION TO APPLY FOR THE RECRUITMENT OF A CONSULTANT FOR A STUDY ON THE DOCUMENTATION OF TRADITIONAL SPORTS AND GAMES IN ECOWAS MEMBER STATES

NOTICE OF INVITATION TO APPLY FOR THE RECRUITMENT OF A CONSULTANT FOR A STUDY ON THE DOCUMENTATION OF TRADITIONAL SPORTS AND GAMES IN ECOWAS MEMBER STATES

Date : 06 Aug 2021 – 31 Aug 2021
Venue : ECOWAS COMMISSION,
Town : ABUJA
Country : Nigeria

Notice of invitation to apply for the recruitment of a consultant for a study on the documentation of traditional sports and games in ECOWAS member states

 Job Title: Consultant for the study on the Documentation of Traditional Sports and Games (TSG)   in ECOWAS Member States

Type of Contract   :  Individual Contract

Programme Title   :  Sports Development Programme

Period/Duration of Assignment /Services:  Immediate (06 weeks maximum, including submission of report)

Start Date   :   July/August 2021

 Letters of application should be submitted to the email address cdjs@fasonet.bf not later than1600hrs GMT on August 2021. The heading “Consultant for the study on the documentation of Traditional Sports and Games (TSG)” should be on the subject line of the email

All clarification requests should be routed electronically to the email address above. The EYSDC Office in Burkina Faso will reply to all requests by both email and surface mail and copy all applicants without revealing the source of the request.

 Introduction

Safeguarding and promoting traditional sports and games (TSG) as sports practices and intangible cultural heritage is a key challenge for the future and development of sports and societies. Traditional sports and games play a vital role in enhancing intercultural dialogue and peace, reinforce youth empowerment and promote ethical sports practices in addition to its regional integration posture.

West Africa is endowed with cultural and traditional sports and games that are being practiced sustainably in all communities of the 15 member states for time immemorial. Unfortunately the TSG in the region have not been adequately documented and developed to ensure their evolution to modern sports and games that will attract practice at regional, continental and global sports arenas.

ECOWAS within the context of its sports sector set the pace for traditional community sports development in 2001, when it adopted the Niamey traditional African wrestling tournament (TOLAC) as a regional sports programme. This was with the view to promote community sports development, integration and peace in the region. Since then the sport had been practiced conscientiously, and has evolved into a popular community sport coded and strengthened with contemporary scientific rules and regulations. The widespread and unique West African wrestling tournament (TOLAC) has been expanded to Dakar, Senegal, which also have similar structures and is now being implemented as a West African wrestling tournament in the Region.

Underscoring the importance of TSG Mr. Kiochiro Matsura, former UNESCO Director General (2003) pronounced that the celebration of indigenous and traditional sports and games which derive from the roots of many different communities is a growing feature of contemporary culture. This gives political and institutional credence to the development of traditional sports and games at national, regional and continental levels.

Buttressing the need for traditional sports and games development further, Han Bin Liu Lanjuan, a popular Chinese author and researcher in education technology in a presentation on the important role of traditional sport culture in promoting the development of sports on population notes that “Traditional national and regional sports are events playing an important role in promoting the physical quality of the whole people. In the process of modernization, the national culture and national character change to ethnic minorities can be manifested through sports activities. Sports activities can not only satisfy people’s external sense of life values, but most importantly, physical activity can exercise people’s physical quality and mental quality.

ECOWAS is consistently and unequivocally committed to the development of unique community sports that are peculiar to West Africa. Since the commendable and visionary adoption and development of the African wrestling tournament TOLAC, more than two decades ago, not much has been done in the development and translation of other traditional sports and games into community sport. However, ECOWAS sports development and practice since then had found solace in adopting other modern sports and practicing them as regional sports. Contemporary Sports adopted and given regional status include:

  • The Cyclists tour
  • Abuja International Marathon
  • ECOWAS Games
  • Under 17 Football Tournament
  • Athletics Competition
  • Judo etc

While these sports contribute immensely in fostering regional integration and visibility to ECOWAS Sports development and integration principles generally, this actually opens a gap and suppress the evolution and development of traditional and community sports unique to the region.

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