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11 Feb 2006
Olympic News

Visa Honours Young Artists from Around the World

Today Visa International hosted a celebration and awards ceremony at Galleria Subalpina in Turin’s Piazza Castello to honour the young winners of the Visa “Olympics of the Imagination” art contest. The 22 children from 13 countries around the world, who earned trips to the 2006 Olympic Winter Games as guests of Visa, were awarded medals for their achievements. One overall winner, the 9 year-old Vladimir Oratovskiy from Ukraine was chosen at this morning’s event and awarded an additional trip to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Visa Olympics of the Imagination
Visa Olympics of the Imagination is an international art competition for children aged 9 to 13 to learn about the Olympic Movement and create art based on an Olympic theme. For the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, the participants were asked to create flags that illustrated their favourite Olympic winter sport.
A Strong History
Nearly one million children have participated in the programme since it was launched at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games. Visa has hosted young artists from 44 countries at the Games in Lillehammer, Norway, Atlanta, Nagano, Sydney, Salt Lake City, Athens and now Turin.
Expressing the Olympic Ideals
During the awards ceremony, Timo Lumme, Director of IOC Television and Marketing Services said, “Visa Olympics of the Imagination teaches children about the ideals and values of the Olympic Movement — the ideals of hope, participation, friendship, fair play and peace. These young artists from around the world have captured these ideals beautifully in their artwork.”
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