At the last day of WOMEN AND SPORT FORUM FOR AFRICA AND ASIA in Kuwait Sergey Bubka and German football legend Lothar Mattheus visited American University of Kuwait to take part at the Olympic Educational seminar.
«It was a great pleasure to meet Lothar here – we know each other for a long time. And it was even more useful experience to talk to young people, students from the University which is considered one of the most distinguished in the region. My firm belief is that Olympic Movement should give more and more efforts to involve youth and get then acquainted with its principles and ideas'.
Talking to almost hundred students' auditory Bubka said, 'Being an Olympic athlete is a priviledge but also a great responsibility. Sport gave me everything, so after I retired from the sector, I knew it was time to give something back. To serve the athletes, to promote the Olympic movement by sharing my experience in the International Olympic Committee, in the IAAF and National Olympic Committee of Ukraine».
«I know a lot about how important Olympic athletes are for the society. Any athlete is – at least should be – a role model for his compatriots, for the fans, for young people who follow his career. Athlete never wins by his physics only – he wins by his spirit, by mentality. That is why athlete is a symbol of all the best in sport – the harmony of body and mind. They are symbols of Fair Play, of commitment, of patriotism, of aiming to excellence.
But it doesn't mean, that you need to win an Olympic medal to be a part of the Olympic movement and the celebration of sport. Be sportive in your everyday life, be active in the society you live in, follow the Fair Play principles, be committed to what you are doing, be hungry for knowledge and for success – and you will surely reach success in the area you choose».
Bubka added, «You also have great possibilities to take part in the Olympic activities held by your National Olympic Committees, in volunteers' programs helping to organize major sport events. The world is interactive now. It is much more open now for you activity and your initiatives than it used to be 30 years ago, when I've been of your age».