The United Through Sports World Virtual Youth Festival was a celebration for and with the youth of the world, towards a better tomorrow. The festival promoted inclusion, non-discrimination, equality and peace under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee and Special Olympic International. Over 100 international federations, organisations and Olympic host cities joined together under the banner of UTS in this global celebration.
The youth participated in their abilities to shine to be the best they can be promoting sporting and cultural exchange in a time where solidarity, unity and standing together is more important than ever. We celebrated the youth in the different events and thank all the outstanding panellist, speakers the kingdom of Thailand for all their support.
Now we would like to honour the winners of the youth ambassadors. The international federation youth ambassadors with their powerful messages, their dreams and hopes have inspired all of us, we say thank you to each and every ambassador. Our ambassadors share a unified message, that every child and human being must have a fundamental right of access to sport and playing. The youth have showcased to us how to include the sustainable development goals into their messages, to live by the Olympic values. They have become true ambassador of Olympism. A big thank you.
Today we start with two messages from Palestine, the outstanding and inspiring Leila Malki representing the sport of Equestrian and FEI and Lara Colturi from Italy, representing the Special Olympics and FIS and coming from the host city for the 2026 Winter Olympics, Milan Cortina. You are a true inspiration to all of us.