The Opening Ceremony of the 56th International Session for Young Participants of the International Olympic Academy

The Opening Ceremony of the 56th International Session for Young Participants of the International Olympic Academy will take place on Sunday, June 12 at 19:00 on the hill of the Pnyx. The President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr Prokopios Pavlopoulos will honour the Ceremony with his presence.

The President of the international Olympic Academy, Mr Isidoros Kouvelos, and the President of the Hellenic Olympic Committte, Mr Spyros Capralos will address the guests while the President of the International Olympic Committee, Dr Thomas Bach, will send a message.

162 young men and women from 97 countries and 22 coordinators will participate in the 56th International Session that will be concluded on the 25th of June. The basic subject of the session is “Olympism as an effective tool for development and

Sustainability” while its special subject is “Olympic Values-based learning as an effective tool for environmental protection”.

The musical parts of the Opening Ceremony of the session will be interpreted by Ms Dora Louizou and Mr Manolis Skoulas, accompanied by the Greek Music Workshop of the Municipality of Athens under the conduction of Mr Vasilis Drolias. The Children’s Olympic Choir of the National Olympic Academy of Greece, will interpret the Olympic Anthem and the National Anthem of Greece under the conduction of Mr Stavros Beris.

The Programme of the Ceremony

19.00 hrs Arrival of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr Prokopios Pavlopoulos

Olympic Anthem

19.05 hrs Address by Mr Isidoros Kouvelos, President of the International Olympic Academy

19.15 hrs Message on behalf of Dr Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee

19.20 hrs Musical interval

19.30 hrs Address by Mr Spyros Capralos, President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee

19.35 hrs Musical interval

19.40 hrs Awarding of the honorary distinction «Olympia», to Mr Ching-Kuo Wu, member of the International Olympic Committee for Chinese Taipei

Awarding of the honorary distinction «Athena», to the National Olympic Academy of Germany, represented by its Chairperson, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Gudrum Doll-Tepper

Awarding of the honorary distinction «Pierre de Coubertin», by the International Olympic Committee, to Mr Petros Synadinos, member of the Hellenic Olympic Committee

20.10 hrs Concert

20.30 hrs Opening of the works of the 56th International Session for Young Participants

National Anthem

Closing of the Ceremony

The two-week Session that is traditionally organized annually in May or June is an introduction to Olympism and the Olympic Movement for the young people. The IOA gathers a large international group of young people, mainly students, Olympic athletes, people who are involved in sports, teach or work in the respective National Olympic Committees or National Olympic Academies.

The aim of the IOA is to educate, but mainly motivate young people to use productively their experiences and knowledge from the Session, so as to propagate the Olympic ideals and train other people upon their return to their countries.