2004 News Story

Saudi children among winners of global art competition

  The five Saudi winners in the 2004 'Visa Olympics of the Imagination' art competition

Five Saudi children have returned from Athens where they took part in a special awards ceremony for the 29 winners from 17 countries in the ‘Visa Olympics of the Imagination’ (VOI) global art competition for young people. The winners, each accompanied by a parent, were flown to the Greek capital where they witnessed four events in the 2004 summer Olympics and visited cultural sites such as the Parthenon. The five ( Souha Al-Shahri:  Rana Al-Amri:  Salam Taraben:  Lina El-Shamy: and Saeed Abdelrahman Al-Hafezare the first to represent the Middle East region since the launch of the competition at the 1994 winter Olympics in Norway.

Over the past decade, nearly a million schoolchildren ages 9 to 13 have participated in the biennial competition, submitting an original piece of art based on selected themes that highlight the Olympic spirit and a united and peaceful world. For the Athens 2004 Games, the theme was “How the Olympic Games can help create a better future”.