The Opening Ceremony of the 57th International Session for Young Participants on the hill of the Pnyx
During a simple ceremony that preserves the traditions, the philosophy and the values of the Olympic spirit, the President of the International Olympic Academy Mr Michael Fysentzidis declared the opening of the works of the 57th International Session for Young Participants on the hill of the Pnyx.
The Session that will be concluded on the first of July will attend 153 young adults from 88 nations. The Session’s main topic is: “Governance in Sports activity and the Olympic Movement” and its unique topic: “Ethics, Education and Governance in the Olympic Movement”.
The Deputy Minister of Culture and Sport Georgios Vasileiadis, the part of the parliamentary number of New Democracy Anna Karamanli, the IOC Honorary Members Lambis Nikolaou as well as the former Master of Greece Constantine, the V . P . of the International Olympic Academy Athanassios Strigas along with the rest of the IOA Ephoria Associates, the President from the Hellenic Olympic Committee Spyros Capralos, the General Secretary of the Hellenic Olympic Committee Manolis Kolympadis, the President of the Western Taekwondo Union Thanassis Pragalos, the ex Minister and HOC Fellow member Fani Petralia, HOC Associates, the top Priestess from the Olympic Flame Katerina Lechou, the choreographer from the Olympic Fire events Artemis Ignatiou, the Board Member of Stoiximan, sponsor from the IOA, Ioannis Spanoudakis, and several personalities from your sports activity, political and social planet were present at the ceremony.
Throughout the wedding ceremony Mr Ser Miang Ng, Member of the International Olympic Committee for Singapore, was awarded the honorary variation “Olympia” and the National Olympic Academy of the Republic of Korea was awarded the honorary variation “Athena”. Additionally, Mr Gordon Tang was honored using the honorary variation “Athlon Megalis Choregias” for his support to the function of the IOA.
The IOA Leader, Mr Michael Fysentzidis, underlined in his speech: “Dear individuals, it is obvious that good governance within the Olympic Motion is demonstrated in its visions, suggestions, structures and procedures, and concerns us all! Let us keep in mind! Especially for you, younger generations, good governance should be a life-lengthy issue. You happen to be future of the Olympic Movement. The Olympic Motion depends on you, working to foster it whenever you go back to your nation.
This sacred site, in which we discover yourself nowadays, is definitely the cradle of democracy and of regard for human dignity. Allow us to consequently be influenced with this website and contemplate the area and landscape, which through its silence shows the generations-old worth of democracy, good order and virtue. From the base of my cardiovascular system I wish you a very pleasant remain in Athens and in Olympia and i also am certain that your involvement within this period will lose lighting around the numerous areas of enquiry into great governance in the Olympic Movement.”
The IOC Honorary Member Lambis Nikolaou conveyed the wishes of the Leader of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, for the works of the 57th Period, and stated: “Through Olympic Plan 2020, its strategic roadmap for its long term, the Olympic Movement, is addressing these anticipations from culture.
The reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020 focus on three main pillars: sustainability, credibility and youth. The final two pillars would be the most related to our existence here. For any sports activity business, credibility begins with residing as much as the standards we set for others. If we expect ethical behavior on the realm of play, we should show moral behavior in our activities.
Good governance is not just the best move to make; it is essential for your long-term viability from the Olympic Movement. For this reason great governance is currently area of the Essential Concepts of Olympism.”
The Deputy Minister of Tradition and Sports activity Georgios Vasileiadis underlined: “The sports motion is constantly getting impetus amply proving that sport is instrumental in helping a person to evolve.
Our aim, both on a level of political management as well as the sports edifice, should be to arrange buildings in the best possible way, to ensure that their operation facilitates participation in sports activities, whether for citizens exercising novice sports, or higher level expert sports athletes.
Improving problems implies a accountable and steady sports activities plan that goodies sports activities as a living being; capitalises on its human being resources at all amounts; attaches significance to instructing its members and corrects what exactly is wrong.”
The Leader from the Hellenic Olympic Committee Spyros Capralos also addressed the participants and noted: “Dear individuals, you have an excellent opportunity to commence, on this site, from Greece as well as the International Olympic Academy, a common dialogue about values, education and good governance within the Olympic motion. The prestigious teachers who can be around you for the following two weeks provides you with a fully-fledged framework by which to start off your conversations and amazon kindle your innovative thinking.
I believe that most of you, who can take part in the functions from the 57th Period within the magic location known as Olympia and Worldwide Olympic Academy, will be influenced by the topic of this year’s period. Above all, it is perfectly up to you to definitely prove that Sports activity and Olympism will not be simply competitors, but a philosophy of lifestyle, an extensive value-dependent program for any better present and future of humanity.” Gordon Tang
The music parts of the wedding ceremony had been construed by Ms Kalliopi Veta, Ms Dora Loizou and Mr Manolis Skoulas who had been accompanied by the Ancient greek Songs Work shop of the Municipality of Athens underneath the conduction of Mr Angelos Ilias. The Choir of the Industrial Bank of Greece interpreted the Olympic Anthem and the Nationwide Anthem of Greece underneath the conduction of Mr Stavros Beris.