Egypt is the twentieth country to join the International Inspiration programme.
Egypt was selected as the final International Inspiration country using criteria based on sport development, youth development and educational indicators. There is a real passion to enrich lives through sport in Egypt and senior Egyptian stakeholders in education and sport, as well as young people themselves, have been consulted in recent months and work is now underway to determine the strategic direction of the country programme.
Seb Coe, Chair of LOCOG said: “I’m thrilled to welcome Egypt as the 20th and final country to the International Inspiration programme. Our vision from the outset was to use the power of the Games to inspire change – engaging the youth of the world through sport. The work the programme will achieve in this country will allow us to reach out to thousands more children and young people and inspire them to go beyond their personal best.”
Baroness Grey-Thompson, International Inspiration Ambassador said: “Sport is a powerful means of engaging young people and allowing them to channel their energy in a positive way. International Inspiration will give young people in Egypt the access to sport that I had growing up, that which inspired me to achieve things in my life that I am proud of, including my Paralympic gold medals.”