Australia to broaden sport advancement program in Asia

 

The Australian federal government on Wednesday announced strategies to broaden its sport advancement program in Asia.

The Asian Sports Partnerships (ASP) program will see Australian sporting companies travel to countries in Asia and deliver innovative sports programs to produce advancement outcomes in the area.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the ASP program would offer 4 million Australian dollars (3.02 million U.S. dollars) over 2015-17.

"The first tranche of 2 million Australian dollars (1.51 million U.S. dollars) will be granted to 10 Australian national sporting organizations to implement programs promoting neighborhood health, social inclusion, and youth involvement in eight nations," Bishop stated.

"Activities supported through these grants concentrate on empowering women and women, combating domestic violence and promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities.".

The program belongs of the Australian Sports Diplomacy Strategy 2015-18, which was released in June 2015.

China is among the 8 nations that will be included with the program.

The government granted Tennis Australia 99,200 Australian dollars in 2015-16 for the 'Tennis Hot Shots in China' program', which concentrated on gender, health, disability, and health and wellbeing for urban children.

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