LOA Council members participated in an international scientific congress in Minsk

LOA Council members participated in an international scientific congress in Minsk

On April 18–20th, dr. Kazys Milašius, Lithuanian Olympic Academy Council member, professor and head of the Sports Methodics Department at the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, and dr. Asta Šarkauskienė, Lithuanian Olympic Academy Council member, professor and head of the Physical Education Department at Klaipėda University, participated in the international scientific congress "Values, Traditions and Innovations of Contemporary Sport" in Minsk, Belarus.

It was a very high-level scientific event which received special attention from the Belarusian state and the sports community of other countries. The significance of the Congress is first of all evidenced by the participation of university rectors and prorectors from ten different countries. The geography of Congress participants was also broad – it included scientists from 18 countries: Armenia, Bulgaria, China, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and others. In total the Congress was attended by about 500 scientists and practicians of physical education and the field of sports – teachers, coaches, pre-school educators.

Four reports were given at the plenary session. In his report, prof. S. Seyranov, rector of the Moscow State Academy of Physical Culture, raised concern about sustaining the values and traditions of the contemporary Olympic movement. Prof. J. Sadowski, prorector of the Polish sports academy, delved into questions of selection of young athletes and their subsequent development into elite athletes. The Korean representative gave an overview of the significance of the XXIII Winter Olympics to the country, while the scientist from Japan talked about the challenges that Tokyo is going to face in 2020.

Scientific reports were presented in 9 sections of the Congress. Each day there were round-table sessions, where relevant questions were considered and discussion among scientists, sports soaches and practicioners took place.

In the section pertaining to the development of high-performance athletes, dr. K. Milašius read a report entitled "The Influence of Multivitamin and Mineral Complexes on the Amount of Macro- and Microelements in the Hair of Athletes".

Dr. Šarkauskienė participated in the Olympic education section. Her (co-authored by I. Kaškevičiūtė, KU) report topic was "The Knowledge, Abilities, Attitudes of 5‒6th Grades Pupils Olympic Values".

Congress participants got acquainted with the rich sports bases of Minsk and the State University of Physical Culture, where the second European Olympics will take place in 2019.

The next Congress is scheduled for 2020.

Prof. K. Milašius

Prof. A. Šarkauskienė

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