Worldwide, more than 400 million people are part of over 5,000 different communities, peoples and territories that are underrepresented, sometimes even marginalised.
Some well-known examples are the Tibetans, the Basque People, the Kurds, the numerous tribes of West and Central Africa and many Amazonian and native American tribes. But also in small island nations and territories like Curaçao and the Faroe islands, or Gozo and Zanzibar, people would like their best athletes to represent the cultures they are part of, not just the official countries they happen to live in.
Thousands of athletes from these unrecognised or partially recognised states, territories and peoples are unable to compete under their own flag in international competitions and only very rarely are they able to show the world what their cultures are all about.
CONIA aims to change that, both for individual athletes as well as for communities' athletic associations, by:
- organising the Continental and World Unity Athletics Games with competitions in track & field
- supporting new or existing athletic associations, representing underrepresented and marginalised communities, peoples and territories all over the planet
- supporting individual athletes from these communities
- creating a global virtual network of talented but underprivileged athletes and offering them remote advanced medical and nutrition advice, expert and peer to peer training & development
- providing a global cultural platform for our Member Communities, with themed cultural performances before, during and after CONIA events