Yannis Theodorakis: "The role of the Olympic Movement in the refugee crisis. An exercise program for refugees"

International Olympic Academy in Ancient Olympia: 25 May – 1 June 2017


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Professor Yannis Theodorakis presented at the “12th International Session for Educators of Higher Institutes of Physical Education” the lecture:

“The role of the Olympic Movement in the refugee crisis.
An exercise program for refugees”

This lecture aims to examine the role of the Olympic Movement in the refugee crisis, and to present an exercise program for refugees organized by the University of Thessaly. The focus of the “exercise program for refugees” is on the promotion of equality in society, against xenophobia and racism, through sports and physical activities, in order to struggle against all forms of intolerance. The active participation of refugees in sports and physical activities, promotes the ideas of equality in the society, the respect for human rights, the acceptance of others, the intracultural communication, the inclusion, the cooperation, and team building, regardless of sex, race, religion, minority groups, culture, etc. In sports and life, all people are different and at the same time all people are equal. Any initiative of the Olympic movement in this direction is in accordance with its values. The International Olympic Academy can play a leading role in implementing and coordinating exercise programs for refugees. 

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