On the 21 September, International day of Peace, 50 children under the age of 12, including young refugees, participated at the celebrations, under the guidance of the International Olympic Truce Centre, in conjuction with the european sports week program “Be Active” of the General Secetrary of Sports, the Hellenic Modern Pentathlon Federation, the Secretariat of the Supreme Sports Council of the Armed Forces of the General Staff of National Defense, the Particpants at the Olympic Games Association and the Olympic winners Association.
Activities included the painting of the doves of Peace which were created by the artist Anna Sakelariades Londos, with the partcipation of the descendant of the founder of the modern Olympic Games Pierre de Coubertin Diane de Navacelle de Coubertin and sports activities with the participation of Olympic champions. Sposrts activities included horse riding, laser run, fencing, boccia.
The Deputy Director of the IOTC Dora Pallis welcomed the young children at the celebrations, stressing on the importance of sport for promoting the values of mutual undestanding, tolerance, respect and friendship amongst youth – values that help create a culture of peace and undestanding.
The Olympic champions that participated included the ambassadors of Olympic Truce olympians Evi Moraitidou, Kostas Filiipidis, Gregory Hatsatourian, Voula Zygouri, the decorated paralympian Grigoris Polychronidis and the silver olympic medalist in swimming Spyros Gianniotis, and members from the IOTC’s women’s refugee football team ESTIA FC.