Dr Ricardo Uvinha performed a keynote speech on the International Congress on Sports and Recreation at the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia. This conference was supported by the local government especially in light of the major challenges that Colombia is facing. One major challenge is to try and implement a peace deal between the Government and country’s leftist guerrilla groups, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). It is in light of this challenge that the field of Sport and Recreation is considered a fundamental vehicle in the drive to achieve peace in Colombia. During this speech Dr Uvinha also promoted the BRICSCESS Association and invited all Colombians to the forthcoming BRICSCESS 2017 Conference in Santos.