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The role of sport in our world is more relevant today than ever before. By bringing together thousands of athletes and inspiring billions of viewers, the Olympic Games and the spirit of Olympism unite people around the world and promote peace in our society. To further the momentum of using sport for good, the International Olympic Committee is launching the first ever Olympism in Action Forum.

Join us in Buenos Aires for this important discussion, which will address challenging questions and share inspiring stories related to sport and society.

The Olympism in Action Forum will take place just before the Youth Olympic Games, an elite sporting event that convenes future generations of athletes from over 200 countries to compete in a sports programme based on that of the Olympic Games. The juxtaposition of these two events shines a spotlight on fresh thinking and new trends in sport, promoting the Olympic spirit on a global stage.

Advancing the role of sport in society is a team effort, strengthened by an open exchange of diverse and innovative perspectives. Let’s come together and use sport to effect positive change around the world.

Together we can build a better world through sport!

General Q&A

  • What is the Olympism in Action Forum?
    • The Olympism in Action Forum is a new initiative by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) focused on building a better world through sport. It will address the most important topics related to sport and society through a constructive dialogue with a diverse group of speakers and guests. The Forum will not only involve Olympic Movement stakeholders, such as private and public sector leaders, athletes and media, but it will also welcome broader spheres of society with the power to effect change, including NGOs, academics, businesses, artists and more.

      Forum sessions and activities will include debates, collaborative workshops, sport demos, inspirational talks, cultural celebrations, networking opportunities and much more.

  • When and where will the Forum take place?
    • The Forum will take place on 5 and 6 October 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, alongside the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

      The Forum will be held at the Exhibition and Convention Centre of Buenos Aires (CECBA). This new cutting-edge complex will provide the perfect setting for an innovative and engaging experience.

  • Why should I attend?
    • This is your opportunity to be part of history and leave your mark. Never before has the Olympic Movement come together with the broader public to openly discuss how to build a better world through sport. Your ideas, perspectives and experiences shared during the Forum will shape the future of sport.

      The Forum will convene influential and powerful groups from a range of fields, including world leaders, grassroots NGOs, academics, change-makers, businesses, athletes and more, providing the opportunity to meet and build lasting relationships with this inspirational group of speakers and participants.

  • What kinds of topics will be discussed?
    • The Forum will cover everything from women in sport to refugees and populations in conflict and the future of sport. A few sample questions to be discussed during the Forum include:

      • How can we better protect clean athletes and the integrity of sport?
      • What concrete ways can sport help achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?
      • Why should a city host the Olympic Games?
      • What will the future of sport look like?
      • Which grassroots sport organisations are making a real impact in the lives of young people?
      • How can we strengthen our institutions and fight corruption in sport?
  • Who will attend the Forum?
    • Speakers and participants will include:

      • Olympic champions
      • UN leaders
      • IOC Members
      • Grassroots NGOs
      • Young change-makers
      • Government officials
      • Experts and academics
      • International Sports Federation leaders
      • Refugee Olympic Team members
      • Mayors of Olympic Cities
      • Olympic Partners

      and many more!

  • What is the Forum’s connection to the Youth Olympic Games?
    • Young people are the next leaders of our world and will therefore play a key role during the Olympism in Action Forum. Not only will inspiring young change-makers, reporters, role models and others be involved, but the Forum is also taking place alongside the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.

      The Youth Olympic Games are an elite sporting event for young athletes from around the world aged 15 to 18. In addition to the sports competitions, the Youth Olympic Games include a Culture and Education Programme designed to raise awareness about Olympism, social responsibility, skill development, expression and well-being, and healthy lifestyles. The Programme offers the unique opportunity to participate in workshops, activities, and exercises that teach young athletes about the Olympic values, world cultures and becoming sports ambassadors.

      All Forum participants are invited to the Opening Ceremony on 6 October.

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