Do you know that you are taking part in a historical event; this is the first that So many sports are for the first time, being hosted at the same event: a first on the African Continent, with around 50 countries. This is a unique opportunity to exchange with so many different cultures in one place, all sharing the same passion for sport.
How powerful is sport? Sport is a fundamental right, a powerful tool and a path to success, being able to unite so many countries, and breaking down so many barriers, fears and intolerance. There is no better place than Morocco to represent of the spirit of universal values. Hosting the 18thISF Gymnasiade in such a vibrant and historical city that has been through centuries culture is the perfect location to act as a world citizen.Gymnasiade is your moment to shine and be surrounded by the Olympics values and education through sport. You are leaders of tolerance, you are models for perseverance and competing clean with a fair-play spirit. Be proud and make the best out of it.
Besides, I am very thankful to the Local Organising Committee, the utmost support from the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Youth and Sport. all their support. I am confident that the involvement of the local authority will make it a great success. Thank you for having dedicated that much energy to host the delegations in the best conditions and to devote so much to the development of school sport worldwide.
Thank you to each of you for making that event unforgettable.
Enjoy, experience and value it as much as you can.