PORT LOUIS, 25 MARCH 2015: Krishna Athal has been selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to be part of the judging panel made up of 10 professionals to decide on the winning design of the medal for the next Winter Youth Olympic Games, in Lillehammer in 2016.
Krishna Athal’s association with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Youth Olympic Games (YOG) dates back to year 2010; he was the scholar of the YR Programme, representing the continent of Africa at the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, and has since received various leadership initiative awards from national and international bodies. Former chairman of the National Youth Council of Mauritius, he is an author, lover of poetry, photography, transformational leadership and modern political thought. He is currently president of YUVA (Youth United in Voluntary Action) and involved in politics at a national level.
Medal Design Competition
Participants from around the world are being called upon to partake in the medal design competition – www.medaldesigncompetition.com, get inspired and submit their very own design. The competition opened on 25 March 2015 and runs until 1 June 2015.
The winning design and two runners up will be selected by the judging panel made up of the 8 professionals from various countries – Bulgaria, Norway, Australia, Croatia, Mauritius, Uzbekistan, Columbia, Botswana, India, Singapore, Germany and the United States. Also joining the panel will be IOC members Claudia Bokel, Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission and Olympic silver medallist in fencing, and Angela Ruggiero, Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for Lillehammer 2016 and Olympic champion in ice hockey.
The winning design will be selected at the end of June 2015 and this design will then feature on the face of the gold, silver and bronze medals awarded in Lillehammer from 12 to 21 February 2016. In addition to the prestige of creating Olympic history, the winning designer will win a trip to Lillehammer 2016, which includes tickets to the Opening Ceremony and sports competition, as well as a full collection of medals featuring their design.
The Winter Youth Olympic Games are an elite sporting event for young people from all over the world. An event distinct from other youth sports events, as they also integrate a unique Learn and Share Programme (L&S), based around five main themes: Olympism, Social Responsibility, Skills Development, Expression and Well-being and Healthy Lifestyles. The sports programme is based on that of the Olympic Winter Games, with seven sports featured on the winter programme.
The Winter Youth Olympic Games aim to bring together talented young athletes aged from 15 to 18 from around the world (over 70 National Olympic Committees compete in the Winter Youth Olympic Games, and over 200 in the Summer edition). The Winter Youth Olympic Games feature over 1,100 athletes are held over a 10-day period, while Summer Youth Olympic Games feature over 3,500 athletes and last for 12 days. There are also non-athlete participants who play an integral part in the Games, namely the Young Reporters, Ambassadors and Athlete Role Models. Visit www.olympic.org/youth-olympic-games for more information.
Just like the Olympic Games, the Youth Olympic Games are held every four years. The first winter edition was held in Innsbruck, Austria, from 13 to 22 January 2012 and the first and second summer editions were held in Singapore from 14 to 26 August 2010 and Nanjing, China from 16 to 28 August 2014. The host city of the second Winter Youth Olympic Games will be held in Lillehammer, Norway between 12-21 February 2016, and the third Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2018 will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.