His Excellency the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr Prokopios Pavlopoulos, in the presence of the President of the International Olympic Committee Dr Thomas Bach, declared the opening of the works of the 59th International Session for Young Participants that will be hosted in Ancient Olympia until June15th.

The main subject of the Session is “Olympic Diplomacy and Peace” and the special subject is “Olympic Diplomacy: How can Olympic Sports play a positive role in International Diplomacy?” Also attending the ceremony were the former Prime Minister of Greece and Vice-Chairperson of the International Olympic Truce Foundation Mr George Papandreou, the United States Ambassador H.E. Mr Geoffrey R. Pyatt, the President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee Mr Spyros Capralos as well as the Secretary General Mr Emmanuel Kolympadis, the IOC Honorary Member for Greece Mr Lambis Nikolaou, the Secretary General of the International Committee of the Mediterranean Games Mr Iakovos Filippousis and the IOA Ephoria Member Mr Gordon Tang.

171 participants from 91 countries will attend the session, together with 14 coordinators and 9 lecturers. The young men and women from the world were welcomed by the IOA President Mr Isidoros Kouvelos.