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Vienna - 10-12 September 2004
This year the Sportmeet Summer School is being held in Barcelona, Spain from the 13th-16th July. The topic is “Sport and social inclusion”. On this occasion, we publish Chiara Lubich’s message to the Sportmeet event held in Vienna in September 2004. Sportmeet began in 2002 as an expression of the Focolare Movement’s dialogue with the world of sport.
Dear Sportspeople, Sport professionals and Sports Personnel,
You are meeting in Vienna for the second international Sportmeet conference, called “Educate ourselves and others through sport”. Sportmeet is still a very new reality but one that clearly intends to follow the ideal of unity which inspired it.
Sport is a major feature of society today and an ever-growing number of people are passionate about it. We cannot hide the fact that sport has conflicting aims, like the temptation to seek success at all costs, or absurd sensationalising for the sake of money. Yet it can be important for education, especially of younger generations. Sport can highlight key aspects of the human person both as a finite being, who experiences difficulty and defeat, and as people called to the infinite, who are able to overcome their limits.