Young Ukrainian athletes, guests of honor at the Gymnasiade 2022 in Normandy

A symbolic gesture. To From Sunday, more than 3,600 young people will meet in Normandy for the 2022 edition of the “Gymnasiade”, a competition for young athletes.

As guest of honour, a delegation of young Ukrainian athletes. Some of them, who left Lviv, were received in the middle of the week at the Insep (National Institute for Sport, Expertise and Performance) and must be received at I’Elysium friday. The second part of the Ukrainian delegation will arrive on Saturday. They will parade in full through the streets of Deauville for the opening ceremony on Sunday.

In line with the decisions of international sports bodies to exclude Russian athletes from competitions, no Russian delegation will however be present for this edition of the “Gymnasiade” which brings together teenagers aged 15 to 18 from May 14 to 22. On the menu: 17 disciplines including swimming, athletics and archery.

The former Prime Minister and Mayor of Le Havre Edward Philippe must be present at the opening ceremony on Sunday, alongside Tony Estanguet, three-time Olympic canoe slalom champion and president of the Paris 2024 Olympics organizing committee. The new president of the UNSS, handball player Olivier Girault, will also be there.

Other champions are expected during the week: basketball player Diandra Tchatchouang, rugby player Lenaig Corson, former All Black Byron Kelleher, boxer Brahim Asloum, swimmer Malia Metella, judoka Gévrise Emane and gymnast Samir Aït. Said.

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