The 1st General Assembly of the NOC Culture and Education Champions’ Network that will take place in Ancient Olympia untille the 23rd of May, began yesterday with the arrival of the participants in Athens.

Today the participants had a guided tour at the archaeological site and the Museum of Acropolis as well as at the Panathenaic Stadium and will depart to Olympia. The start of the G.A. will begin tomorrow morning with the welcome speech of the IOA President, Mr Isidoros Kouvelos, a video speech from the IOC President, Τhomas Bach, opening remarks from the Chairman of the Culture and Olympic Heritage Commission, Mr Ching-Kuo Wu, as well as welcoming remarks sent by the new Chairperson of the Olympic Education Commission, Ms Mikaela Conjuangco Jaworski, and a speech from the Director of the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage, Mr Francis Gabet.

The role of the NOC champions concerning culture and education will be discussed and how the IOC can assist them in their programmes.