As the countdown continues to the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Buenos Aires 2018, we look ahead to the first-ever Olympism in Action Forum, which will be held as a prelude to the Games.
If bringing the world’s greatest young athletes together for the YOG wasn’t enough, Buenos Aires will also be hosting the first-ever Olympism in Action Forum this October.
Taking place on 5 and 6 October – just before the Opening Ceremony kicks off the third Summer YOG – the Forum will bring together some 2,000 participants from across society to discuss how sport can create positive change around the world.
Among those taking part will be athletes, International Federations, National Olympic Committees, business partners, UN agencies, NGOs, governments, private and public-sector leaders, academics, the media and artists. Across the two days, they will be addressing a number of challenging questions relating to sport and society and discussing fresh thinking and new trends in sport.
Topics will cover women in sport, ethical conduct, the legacy of the Olympic Games, the future of sport, populations in conflict, gender equality, health in society and youth education.
Speakers and guests will include Ban Ki-moon (former Secretary-General of the United Nations), Horacio Rodríguez Larreta (Mayor of Buenos Aires), Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Peace Laureate) and Yusra Mardini (Olympic swimmer and member of the Refugee Olympic Team at Rio 2016).
Just like at the YOG, youth will be a key focus of the Forum, with former Young Change-Makers, Young Reporters and Athlete Role Models from the YOG all involved to highlight how young people will be the next leaders in sport and society.
The aim is that the ideas, perspectives and experiences shared during the Forum will shape the future of the Olympic Movement, bring about real change and help the IOC advance its mission to build a better world through sport in practical ways.