Shammi Rana, the Secretary-General of the International Council of Traditional Sports and Games, has been awarded the President's Achievement Award 2020 for his devotion and commitment to conserving and promoting Traditional Sports and Games.
His contributions to this field span far and wide, including his role in promoting the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO’s) mission in TSG across the globe, through diplomacy and support for sports organizations.
What are Traditional Sports and Games?
TSGs are movements that form a part of our cultures, such as dancing, ball games, aquatic sports, camel wrestling, bullfighting, and much more. TSG is an essential part of our past and contributes to who we are as individuals and as a varied group of cultures. TSG communicates the tale of our past in a way that no other medium can; by transcending gender, generation, and individual boundaries.
As a UNESCO program run under United Nations, TSG protects and promotes gaming and sporting activities that are inextricably linked to culture and customs all over the world.
Shammi Rana as UNESCO'S Rapporteur
In 2017, UNESCO appointed Shammi Rana as rapporteur of the Traditional Sports and Games Ad Hoc Advisory Committee. His activities entail overseeing the UNESCO mission on TSG across the world. His collaboration with Sierra Leone to construct an administrative and research department in the country is an excellent example of his great works.
During his visit to Sierra Leone, Mr. Rana met with officials from the Ministry of Sport, members of the Africa TSG Union, and the Sierra Leone TSG Association to discuss the prospects of establishing the research and administrative secretariat, whose goal is to spread traditional sporting activities in Africa. Mr. Rana addressed this mission while in conversation with the Deputy Minister of Sports, Kai Lawrence Mbayo. He also pledged full support for Sierra Leone’s initiative in sports if the country remained committed to the cause.
Shammi Rana is also collaborating with Mr. Scott Wendel of the United States and Central American Educational and Cultural Coordination to establish the Pan American Council of TSG. If it is formed, this group will oversee and protect traditional sporting activities and culture in the United States.
With over two decades of experience as a promoter of sports and related organizations and diplomacy, Shammi Rana continues to contribute tirelessly towards enhancing the UNESCO role in TSG worldwide. His goal is to defend Traditional Sports and Games from commercialization that harms cultural legacy and fundamental values. He believes that TSG should be encouraged worldwide, particularly in areas where resources are scarce.
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