The 57th International Session for Young Participants was concluded with great success in Ancient Olympia. This is traditionally the biggest session that the International Olympic Academy organizes every summer.
The main subject of the session was: “Governance in Sport and the Olympic Movement”, one of the most crucial issues of the Olympic Movement, and the special subject was: “Ethics, Education and Governance in the Olympic Movement”.
The IOA President Michael Fysentzidis declared the closing of the works of the Session that was attended by 153 young people from 88 countries. During his speech he focused to the four basic moral values that are part of the Olympic Governance, i.e. transparency, democracy, responsibility and accountability. These refer to the values system of Olympism and Olympic Values as this was formed over time.
All the participants left with the best impressions and lived new experiences connecting their sport culture with the Olympic spirit and the birthplace of the Olympic Games.
In total 12 professors and sport specialists gave lectures to the participants, among them the IOC Member Sam Ramsamy, the Chief Executive Officer in International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Olivier Gers and Ives Lostecque, Head of the Sport Unit, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Cultures, European Commission.
Apart from the lectures, the young people participated in group discussions, made presentations, participated in spot activities, realized educational trips to archeological sites and although they arrived as strangers in Ancient Olympia they ended up friends, with emotions, experiences and images that will follow them during their lifetime.