LIVE – Day 1 ISF Gymnasiade Normandy 2022

Day 1 live

Welcome to our coverage of the opening ceremony and parade of nations competing at the 19th International School Sports Federation (ISF) Gymnasiade Normandy 2022.

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A recap of today’s opening ceremony and nation’s parade.

In his welcome address to the delegates and participants, ISF President, Laurent Petrynka said:

“We are delighted to meet all these school sports athletes as they compete. This 19th ISF Gymnasiade is the first one of a new era, the largest ever for an international school sport event bringing together 3,500 school students from all over the world.”

ISF President Laurent Petrynka

ISF President, Laurent Petrynka

Welcoming all the delegations to the region of Normandy, the Mayor of Deauville, Philippe Augier said:

“I would like to thank and congratulate ISF President Laurent Petrynka for the delivery of this fantastic event. To all those who have arrived here, Deauville opens its arms to you and hopes you all enjoy your time at the ISF Gymnasiade Normandy 2022.”

Mayor of Deauville Philippe Augier

Mayor of Deauville, Philippe Augier

The parade of nations is concluded with the joint entrance to the CID venue by host country France and Ukraine.

Team France and Ukraine

Flag handover

The ISF flag has been officially passed to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

His Excellency Sheikh Sager Al Khalifa invited all the athletes to the Kingdom of Bahrain for the next edition of the ISF Gymnasiade taking place in the Kingdom of Bahrain two years in 2023.

ISF flag handover to BAHRAIN

Thanks for joining us tonight. Kindly join us again tomorrow after for live updates as the competition begins. Before we go…

A few images from the march past the town of Deauville…