The International Olympic Academy takes part in the cultural activities of the 1st European Games organized in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 2015 joining this newly established institution. In a booth located in the wonderful Athletes’ Village, the athletes and sports officials have the opportunity to check out the IOA Interactive Educational Program “Discovering the Olympic Movement and its Values.”
The IOA booth has been in operation since the 11th of June offering the possibility to the athletes participating in the 1st European Games to learn through interactive activities about the history of the Olympic Games from Antiquity till the modern era. Knowledge games and rich informative material in the form of videos regarding the modern Olympic Movement and Olympism as a philosophy of life, and all these on touch screens, form the activities that visitors experience at the booth.
First visitors of the booth were the Greek Deputy Minister of Sports Stavros Kontonis, the Ambassador of Greece in Azerbaijan Dimitris Tsoungas, the Consul Maria Katsanevaki and the Chef de Mission of the Greek team Emmanuel Kolympadis. They have tried out the activities displayed in the Program and expressed their warm wishes about the success of this effort.
Other distinguished guests who have visited the IOA booth on the first days of its operation are the IOC Members Anita DeFrantz, Bernard Rajzman and Claudia Bokel, the Former President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers and the Mayor of the Athletes’ Village Elchin Safarov.