ENGSO at the PyeongChang2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

A handful of ENGSO’s representatives were involved in the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in February and earlier this month. Our Secretary General, Stefan Bergh, our Executive Committee member, Stavri Bello and our Communication Officer, Mariann Bardocz-Bencsik were all in PyeongChang and Gangneung, and now it’s their turn to share their first-hand Olympic and Paralympic experience with you.

Stefan Bergh, Secretary General

“I was at the Olympic Games mainly in my capacity as Secretary General in the Swedish Sports Confederation. My federation works closely with the Swedish Olympic Committee and they have the operative responsibility for the Swedish participation in the Olympic Games.

The Games in PyeongChang were a great success. As far as I have seen the event has been well-organised. All the participants that I´ve met have been very satisfied.

I can also say that I´ve done some work for ENGSO. The Olympic Games was a good opportunity to meet representatives from different ENGSO member organisations, to network and to talk about upcoming ENGSO events.”

Stefan Bergh in PyeongChang

Stavri Bello, Executive Committee member

“In my position as Secretary General of the Albanian National Olympic Committee, I have had the opportunity to attend the Olympic Games. These Games will be one of my special memories of the Olympics. The Olympic atmosphere was present from the arrival to Incheon Airport where groups of volunteers welcomed all participants and offered their help to better accommodate us with information on logistics and above all, made us feel the Olympic hospitality.

Everything was in place from the Opening Ceremony, throughout the events, and the enthusiasm of the spectators was fantastic.

Why were these Olympic Games so special? We all know the efforts of several parties led by the International Olympic Committee and the United Nations that aim to contribute to peace. It was fantastic to see the united Korean team at the Opening Ceremony. That was the most significant moment to understand the power of the Olympics and the power of sport. Regardless political differences, sport and Olympic spirit showed the world the power of unity, respect and that there are always opportunities of building a better world to live in peace.”

The Albanian delegation: Erion Tola, athlete, Stavri Bello, Suela Mehilli, athlete and Kliton Muca, chief of mission

Mariann Bardocz-Bencsik, Communication Officer

“My experience at the Paralympic Games was beyond my expectations. This was my first time in Korea and my first time at the Paralympic Games. The atmosphere, the kindness of everybody involved and the high level of competition created a very special vibe throughout the event. I worked with the World Curling Federation in their media crew. It was amazing to be part of such a professional, hard-working and amicable team. I learned a lot from them and I’m utmost thankful for the opportunity to get this experience within their team. I do hope that I will be able to use the knowledge I got through this experience in my future work at ENGSO.”

Mariann Bardocz-Bencsik and the Paralympic mascot, Bandabi (photo: Céline Stucki / WCF)

At ENGSO, we are very proud of our members who took part in the Games, and we do hope that many other members of us will have the opportunity to experience the Olympic and Paralympic atmosphere in the future.

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