The first ICMG Olympia Seminar that was organized in Ancient Olympia (Greece), the birthplace of the Olympic Games, from 2-5 October 2013, in collaboration with the International Olympic Academy was a great success. 33 athletes from 18 Mediterranean NOCs (Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey) participated in the Seminar and had the opportunity to study the history and values of Olympism, discuss their experience during the Games and express their opinion on the future of the Mediterranean Games.
The ICMG President, Mr. Amar Addadi was the keynote speaker and gave a very interesting lecture on the history of the Mediterranean Games and their perspectives. Mr. Dionyssis Gangas (IOA Director), Mr. Davide Tizzano (EC Member), Mr. Marwan Maghur (EC Member), Mrs. Nour El Houda Karfoul (EC Member), Mr. Tullio Paratore (President of the Development & Cooperation Commission), Mrs. Ljiljana Ujlaki Subic (Member of the Development & Cooperation Commission) and Mr. Slaheddine Boudhina (Head of Communication and International Relations in Tunisian NOC) made very interesting presentations. During one of the workshops the idea of creating an Athletes Commission came up.
Within the framework of the Seminar, the participants visited the archeological site of Ancient Olympia and attended the Handling of the Olympic flame for the Winter Olympic Games of Sochi. At the end of the Seminar, the athletes expressed their gratitude to their NOCs and the ICMG-IOA for giving them the opportunity to attend interesting lectures, by expanding their knowledge and understanding the values of friendship, fair-play and respect of the Mediterranean and Olympic Games, to exchange ideas and views and to create solid and sincere friendships with fellow athletes, hoping that this inspiring initiative will be carried on the coming years.