Bocce as a newly trending sport; possibilities and challenges
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Workshop: Theory and Practice of Bocce Sport Bocce as a newly trending sport; possibilities and challenges Mutlu TURKMEN1,2 1Assoc. Prof. Dr., Bayburt University School of Physical Education and Sports, TURKEY 2President, International Bocce Confederation, Chiasso, SWITZERLAND Millions of people on all continents are now practising Bocce and its disciplines either as a recreational game or competitive sports. With its governing body which was recognized by the International Olympic Committee since 1986, the sport had managed to be inside most of the world level multi-sports events. Finally, Bocce followed a very strong bid to be included in 2024 Summer Olympic Games since 2015 and had a very big chance when Paris was announced officially to be the host of 2024. However, International Olympic Committee and Paris 2024 Organizing Committee haven’t followed a very transparent process and declared the Break Dancing to be included in the games with three other sports which had already been added to Tokyo 2020; Sport Climbing, Surfing, and Skateboarding. Now Bocce is trying to find new directions and gain more visibility in global sport movement through new partnerships. This theoretical and practical workshop aims to present both conceptual and definitive background of the sport and new strategies of the International Bocce Confederation.