2nd TAFISA European Sport for All Games 2022
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From 23 to 29 September, delegations from 20 countries joined the 2nd TAFISA European Sport for All Games in Perugia, Italy. 
Hosted by FIGeST, the TAFISA European Sport for All Games welcomed delegations to Umbria over the course of a week. More than 40 sports were represented by teams demonstrating their Traditional Sports and Games in Perugia as well as the cities of Acquasparta, Toldi and Gualdo Tadino, offering an international show of cultural diversity.

Saturday 24 September kicked off with delegations taking to the Santa Giuliana stadium as well as the historic city centre of Perugia where they performed and introduced their Traditional Sports and Games to curious passersby. From Polish Pierścieniówka ("ringnetball") to Gaelic traditional sports, Tug of War, Field Archery, and Hungarian Whip Cracking among many others, locals and tourists had a unique opportunity to play sports and games from all over Europe and experience diverse cultures and traditions.

The day concluded with the Games' Opening Ceremony in the Palasport Pellini where the delegations were called one by one to the sound of a live orchestra. FIGeST President Enzo Casadidio stated "Traditional Sports and Games represent true being together, they are a great chance to meet and stay together in one of the best ways" TAFISA Presdient Wolfgang Baumann confirmed "Traditional Sports and Games are very much alive, this is the message of today!". The night concluded with the Orchestra playing Beethoven's Ode to Joy as a symbol of European unity and peace, before closing with the Italian anthem.
During the following days, the historic centre of Perugia along with the cities of Acquasparta, Toldi, and Gualdo Tadino became the international stage where delegations continued spreading the joy of playing their Traditional Sports and Games with the local and international audience. On the afternoon of Monday 26, the Official Conference of the 2nd TAFISA European Sport for All games and 3rd TAFISA Europe Conference was held in the Aula Magna of Perugia University and hosted speeches and discussions on "Promoting Traditional Sports and Games in Europe: Successes and Strategies". The Conference concluded with new organisations signing the INTERACT Pledge and thus committing to promote Sport for All through their work.
The University of Perugia's Aula Magna welcomed the Official Conference
On Tuesday 27, over 500 children from the region traveled to Perugia for the event's "School Day". Pupils marvelled at performances ranging from Romanian dances, Georgian traditional martial arts, and the German delegation's spinning acrobatics. They were then invited to join teams on the pitch and play a variety of sports and games, including horseshoe throwing, tchoukball, frisbee, kettlebell, lancio del ruzzolone, and slingshot, among many others. The day concluded with delegations parading with their countries' flags through the streets of Gualdo Tadino, host to the Closing Ceremony. 

TAFISA would like to once again express its gratitude to FIGeST and its President Enzo Casadidio for organising the Games, as well as the cities of Perugia, Gualdo Tadino, Acquasparta, and Toldi for hosting events, CONI and the European Commission for their support, and all delegations for coming to Italy and sharing not only their games and cultures but also their communicative enthusiasm and high spirits. We hope to see you again very soon for the next TAFISA European Sport for All Games!
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