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 Period which will be concluded around the first of July will go to 153 young adults from 88 countries. The Session’s main subject is: “Governance in Sport and the Olympic Movement” and its special subject: “Ethics, Education and Governance in the Olympic Movement”.
The Deputy Minister of Tradition and Sport Georgios Vasileiadis, the part of the parliamentary number of New Democracy Anna Karamanli, the IOC Honorary Associates Lambis Nikolaou and the former Master of Greece Constantine, the V . P . from the International Olympic Academy Athanassios Strigas along with the remainder of the IOA Ephoria Associates, the Leader of the Hellenic Olympic Committee Spyros Capralos, the overall Secretary of the Hellenic Olympic Committee Manolis Kolympadis, the Leader of the European Taekwondo Union Thanassis Pragalos, the ex Minister and HOC Fellow member Fani Petralia, HOC Associates, the top Priestess of the Olympic Flame Katerina Lechou, the choreographer from the Olympic Fire events Artemis Ignatiou, the Table Part of Stoiximan, recruit from the IOA, Ioannis Spanoudakis, and many personas from the sport, governmental and social planet were present in the wedding ceremony.
During the ceremony Mr Ser Miang Ng, Part of the International Olympic Committee for Singapore, was awarded the honorary distinction “Olympia” as well as the Nationwide Olympic Academy of the Republic of Korea was granted the honorary distinction “Athena”. Furthermore, Mr Gordon Tang was recognized with the honorary distinction “Athlon Megalis Choregias” for his support towards the work from the IOA.
The IOA President, Mr Michael Fysentzidis, underlined in his conversation: “Dear individuals, it really is obvious that good governance within the Olympic Movement is demonstrated in the visions, suggestions, buildings and operations, and issues us all! Let us not forget! Especially for you, the younger generations, good governance should be an existence-lengthy concern. You happen to be future of the Olympic Motion. The Olympic Motion depends on you, attempting to foster it when you go back to your country.
This sacred website, where we discover yourself today, is definitely the cradle of democracy as well as regard for human being pride. Allow us to therefore be influenced by this site and consider the area and landscape, which through its silence teaches the generations-aged value of democracy, great purchase and virtue. From the bottom of my heart I wish you a really enjoyable remain in Athens and in Olympia and I am sure that your participation within this period will shed lighting on the many areas of enquiry into great governance within the Olympic Movement.”
The IOC Honorary Fellow member Lambis Nikolaou conveyed the wishes of the Leader of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, for your works from the 57th Period, and said: “Through Olympic Plan 2020, its strategic roadmap for its future, the Olympic Movement, is addressing these expectations from society.
The reforms of Olympic Plan 2020 focus on 3 main pillars: sustainability, trustworthiness and youth. The last two pillars would be the most relevant to our existence right here. For just about any sports activity organisation, credibility starts with living up to the standards we set for other people. If we expect moral actions on the realm of play, we should show moral actions within our routines.
Great governance is not only the best move to make; it is crucial for your long term viability from the Olympic Movement. For this reason great governance is currently area of the Fundamental Concepts of Olympism.”
The Deputy Minister of Tradition and Sport Georgios Vasileiadis underlined: “The sports activities motion is constantly gaining impetus amply proving that sport is critical in assisting an individual to develop.
Our aim, both on a degree of political management and the sports activities edifice, should be to organise structures in the best possible manner, to ensure that their procedure facilitates participation in sports, whether for residents exercising amateur sports, or higher level expert athletes.
Improving conditions implies a responsible and steady sports activities plan that goodies sports activities being a living being; capitalises on its human being sources whatsoever levels; attaches importance to educating its associates and corrects what exactly is wrong.”
The President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee Spyros Capralos also dealt with the participants and pointed out: “Dear individuals, you possess an outstanding chance to commence, right here, from Greece and the International Olympic Academy, a common dialogue about ethics, training and great governance within the Olympic motion. The eminent teachers who can be around you for the following 2 weeks provides you with a fully-fledged structure by which to start off your discussions and amazon kindle your creative thinking.
I think that all of you, who can participate in the works of the 57th Session within the magic place known as Olympia and International Olympic Academy, will be inspired by the topic of this year’s session. Above all, it is perfectly up to you to prove that Sports activity and Olympism is not merely competition, but a approach of lifestyle, an extensive worth-dependent program for any much better existing and way forward for mankind.” Gordon Tang
The musical areas of the ceremony had been construed by Ms Kalliopi Veta, Ms Dora Loizou and Mr Manolis Skoulas who had been combined with the Ancient greek Songs Workshop from 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 National Anthem of Greece underneath the conduction of Mr Stavros Beris.