More than 58 represented countries, 3000 participants, among whom 2500 athlete will compete in 18 different sports. An edition rich in colors, promises to be very mediatized, with live broadcasts on the event website & Facebook page, the Olympic channel and Eurosport. ProTV is the Technical Provider of the event and viewers can watch the games live on their Facebook page too.
Mr. Youssef Belqasmi; General Secretary of the department of Education, marked the kick-off of this historical edition, during the inaugural press conference on Wednesday 2nd May 02nd, 2018.
The General Secretary evoked in particular, the importance of the Moroccan participation. This year 252 Moroccan athletes will participate in all disciplines proudly raise the country’s flag.
This occasion allows Morocco to join the continuity of its ambitious commitment in the diverse world sports events, in particular the world cup 2026. It is also an opportunity for Africa to shine on the international scene as it is the first time that a Gymnasiade takes place on the African soil and more than 20 African countries are being represented.
“Excellence, respect and friendship; will be the catchwords of this 17th edition of Gymnasiade” stated the President of the ISF, Mr. Laurent Petrynka. The Central Director of the Ministry of National Education Mr. Mohamed Farid Dadouchi and the Director of Sports in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Mr. Mustapha Azeroual, were also present. The latter advocated values of tolerance, exchange and respect, and promise to offer a unique human experience to the youth worldwide.
Mr. Petrynka added “the world has made an appointment in Marrakech and Casablanca to share the people’s emotions and allow the youth of the world to meet. ”
This day promises to be full of emotions; in the afternoon the inauguration of the village as well as the welcome of the teams by the minister for education, will take place.