The opening ceremony of the 51st International Conference for new participants was held at the Pnyx hill, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the International Olympic Academy's (IOA) founding.
IOA president Isidoros Kouvelos stressed in his address that the difficult economic conjuncture that Greece is experiencing also has repercussions on the IOA's functioning, but added that the operational deadlocks were overcome with the Internataional Olympic Committee's support.

"We aspire to turn the IOA into a continuous research workshop on the problems that the implementation of Olympic Education is facing in every end in the world," he added.