BRICSCESS Founding Secretary-General, Prof. Dr. Hans de Ridder a keynote speaker at the 2016 ISAK World Conference in Merida, Mexico.

Professor Hans de Ridder, founding Secretary-General of BRICSCESS, was one of the invited keynote speakers at the 2016 ISAK World Conference in Merida, Mexico. The title of his presentation was: “Modern Athletes: Are We Breeding Giants and what are the Health Consequences?” Approximately 700 people attended the keynote presentation. There were many questions after the keynote and Prof. De Ridder also had an interview with the Spanish newspaper “La Vanguardia”. A half-page story on his presentation was published in the Sunday 20 November 2016 edition. Additional to his keynote, he also had to meet his commitments as member of ISAK’s ExCo. As ISAK’s Immediate Past President he had various management duties to perform during the ExCO meeting that stretched over two days. He also played a prominent role during the Biennial General Meeting which took place on the 31st of October 2016. He was also an external examiner at a day-long re-accreditation exam of ISAK accredited level 3 anthropometrist that took place before the conference. A day before the conference was also set aside to do corrections to the contents of the official ISAK handbook of which he is one of the co-authors. This handbook is used for training in more than 60 countries around the world. Prof De Ridder also took time of his busy schedule to visit the world famous Chichén Itzá which is an Archaeological site with excavated ruins of the large Maya city. It is situated on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. A massive step pyramid known as El Castillo dominates the 6.5-sq.-km. ancient city, which thrived from around 600 A.D. to the 1200s. Graphic stone carvings survive at structures like the ball court, Temple of the Warriors and the Wall of the Skulls.
 

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