Olympism in Action Forum kicks off in Buenos Aires

Here in Buenos Aires, the graceful Puente de la Mujer (“Bridge of the Woman”) spans the waterway in the Puerto Madero district. As the first ever Olympism in Action Forum kicked off — opening two days of conversation among people from all over the world on how sport can be a force for good in the world — the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, noted that sport has the power “to build new bridges as strong as steel”.  

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International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach welcomed Macri, and the two cited the Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect as being more important than ever in today’s world.  

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The Olympic Games is the only event in the world that brings people together —people from 206 countries — in friendship, under one roof, to share meals and get to know each other, in the Olympic Village. Thomas Bach IOC President

The Olympism in Action Forum ushers in two weeks of events in Buenos Aires, with the Youth Olympic Games bringing youth athletes from everywhere together to compete and — as Bach and Macri emphasised — to understand and respect each other.  

President Macri joked that he always lost out in sport to his friend who was a better athlete, but now as the leader of Argentina “welcomes the Olympic spirit” to the country. President Bach added that the events here continue the momentum in South America that began with the Summer Olympic Games Rio 2016. 

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By video message, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres greeted the packed plenary hall and congratulated Argentina for hosting the Forum and Youth Olympic Games. He stressed that “sport fosters inclusion and reduces exposure to violence,” and that a “UN goal is an IOC goal”.  

Read IOC President Thomas Bach’s opening remarks here.

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