Hugo Bustillo Onandia, lecturer on sports during the Adeje Summer University, told students that, “Sport is a very potent tool with which we can change many things in society and if used well, the winning or losing will be circunstancial, but the values we learn through sport – respect, treatment of others, team work, training, healthy life-style habits – are what will stay with us.”
The title of the course “El Deportes desde otra perspectiva” (sports from another perspective) was also a forum for debate among sporting professionals, including members of the Adeje sports department, looking at sport as more than just a series of competitions. “It’s about the vision of who is training, refereeing or taking part in sporting activities”.
During the three day course particiapnts looked at adapted sports, asking how they can improve the area of special needs sports for all. Diet was also discussed as was the issue of doping in sport, with discussions on both the latest methods for detection drug use in top professionals as well as looking at the reasons athletes turn to banned performance-enhancing drugs.