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‘Tiyu (体育)’ for development and peace? An examination of attitudes and possibilities of the People’s Republic of China regarding the Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) movement

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posted on 2022-11-15, 13:05 authored by You Li, Alan BairnerAlan Bairner, Kohei Kawashima

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has appeared to be inattentive towards the globally lobbied Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) movement that endeavors to leverage sport for non-sporting development, currently subscribing to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By adopting the concept of ‘tiyu (体育)’—the supposed Chinese counterpart of ‘sport’—which also seeks to achieve wider objectives grounded on its premise of ‘body cultivation’, this paper proceeds with a text-based qualitative study incorporating document analysis and literature review to examine its current links to SDP. The findings suggest that: (1) While the national development foci of the PRC have demonstrated alignment with the SDGs, its tiyu policies have not. (2) Mainstream SDP projects have failed to be accommodated in the PRC, although some non-SDP tiyu practices have shown a commitment to SDP-desired outcomes. (3) The relative lack of interest in SDP in the PRC has not prevented some tiyu scholars from heeding this movement. Accordingly, this paper assesses the prospects of changing attitudes in the PRC toward SDP.

Funding

China Scholarship Council (CSC) under the grant CSC No. 202108050227

Waseda University

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Sustainability

Volume

14

Issue

21

Publisher

MDPI

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by MDPI under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

2022-10-21

Publication date

2022-10-23

Copyright date

2022

eISSN

2071-1050

Language

  • en

Depositor

Prof Alan Bairner. Deposit date: 15 November 2022

Article number

13734