Asian-German Sports Exchange Program

Asian-German Sports Exchange Program (AGSEP), is a non-governmental organization operating in the development sector in Sri Lanka with a partner office in Essen , Germany . AGSEP describes itself as a Government Associated Organization because of its consultancy status to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Disaster Relief Services and the Ministry for Rehabilitation & District Development.

Profile

AGSEP works with volunteers; mainly universities, undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the fields of economics , political science , social science , engineering , sportand other disciplines. The Asian German Sports Exchange Program (AGSEP) has been conducting sporting events and international relations between Sri Lankan and European sport teams since 1989. The organization is based in Marawila, in rural western Sri Lanka, and was founded by the current CEO of the program , Dr. Dietmar Döring, who at that time was the national coach of the table tennis team. Dr. Döring saw an opportunity to use sport as an avenue to enhance tourism and the relationship between estranged ethnic communities in Sri Lanka. The philosophy of AGSEP is that sport is an ideal way of connecting people and transcending social, cultural, ethnic and religious cleavages. Sport provides a neutral platform for all participants, who are able to experience and learn from each other in a playful and open atmosphere.

AGSEP’s mission to the ethnic groups of Sri Lanka to find peace by exposing the children of the island to other ethnic groups as part of sporting events. [1] [2]

History

The German Social Worker Dietmar Doering AGSEP while he was a national coach for the table tennis team of Sri Lanka.

Since 1989, against the background of a long-lasting civil war, AGSEP has promoted integrative sporting events as peaceful intercultural togetherness, respect, courage, commitment, and appreciation through active participation and exchange. Integrative sport events are planned, organized, implemented and co-operated with the three major ethnic groups on the island, Sinhalese , Tamils and Muslims .

German tsunami relief mission team members of AGSEP visiting tsunami-hit Mullaitivu in Sri Lanka in January, 2005

Activities

Tsunami relief mission

AGSEP imported more than five million US dollars worth of medicines directly from Germany and distributed them to areas affected by the 2004 tsunami . [3] [4]

International Run for Peace

AGSEP organized the International Run for Peace in Sri Lanka in its bid to promote a lasting peace in the war-torn island. [5]

International Master Games in Sri Lanka

AGSEP organizes International Master Games in Sri Lanka where competitors from a number of countries used to take part. [6]

Players in the age of 30 to 70 years played tennis , badminton , football , handball and beach soccer tournaments which will be played in such towns as Negombo , Kandy , Trincomalee , Galle , Marawila , Puttalam and Hambantota . [6]

Teams from Germany , France , Italy , Norway , Netherlands , Belgium , Luxembourg , England , Austria , Switzerland , Sweden , Scotland , Finland , Denmark , Poland , Russia , Ireland and Asian countries Japan , China , Malaysia , India , Pakistan , Maldives ,Taiwan , Sri Lanka , Hong Kong , Singapore , Indonesia , South Korea , Vietnam and Canada will compete in the Masters Games. [6]

German Memories in Asia 

German Memories in Asia is a collection of memories by the author Rajkumar Kanagasingam, in his discussions with the German university students, who have volunteered in Asia under internship programs; and a collection of facts by the author It narrates Asian and European historical events, especially the German, since the Roman Empire era and about the Germans in Germany, Latin America , North America , East European countries, Australia and elsewhere in the world and their migrations, life styles, encounters and assimilation since ancient times.

The author analyzes the Franco-Prussian War and the Otto von Bismarck ‘s diplomacy, Austria & the divided German states, German-Brazilians today, the Pennsylvania ‘s Amish county & the Mennonitecommunities, the German colonies in Africa, Asia and the Pacific , Volga Germans in Russia under Bolshevist atrocities and the First and Second World War issues of Kaiser William II and his diplomatic chaos, Firebombing on Dresden , Danube swabians and their expulsion, the US President Gen.Dwight D Eisenhower in the crisis of starving German POWs and more.

The book explores the author’s encounters in the war-ravaged Jaffna in the northern part of Sri Lanka, and then in tsunami relief mission there with German universities’ internship students.

References

  1. Jump up^ Senaratne, Chula (August 9, 2006). “Sri Lanka, gets an Inter-Cultural Peace Sports Center” . UPF / IIFWP . Retrieved 2007-03-10 . permanent dead link ]
  2. Jump up^ “Asian German Sports Exchange Program (AGSEP)” (in German). praktikum.info. Archived from the original on 2009-05-17 . Retrieved 2007-03-10 .
  3. Jump up^ Kanagasingam, Rajkumar (December 6, 2005). “German hamlet of Asia” . Sri Lanka Daily News . The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30 . Retrieved 2007-03-10 .
  4. Jump up^ Kanagasingam, Rajkumar (January 19, 2005). “A visit to the tsunami-swept North” . Sri Lanka Daily News . The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30 . Retrieved 2007-03-10 .
  5. Jump up^ “Three thousand Lankan athletes for International Run for Peace” . Sri Lanka Daily News . The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. June 2, 2005. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007 . Retrieved 2007-03-10 .
  6. ^ Jump up to:c “Sri Lanka to host Masters Games – Daily News 02.11.2010” . Sri Lanka Daily News . Table Tennis Association of Sri Lanka. November 2, 2010 . Retrieved 2011-06-07 .

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