UncategorisedAll systems go for Olympic Day

September 11, 20194

The 2016 Olympic Day is all set to commence today (Saturday) with hundreds of athletes and volunteers expected to take part in the first of five walkathons lined up this year.
Today’s walkathon, which tips off at 5pm at the Budaiya Coast Park in the Northern Governorate, is organized by the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) in cooperation with the Bahrain Road Runners.
Four more walkathons will also be staged, with the fifth and concluding race scheduled for May 27 at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir to mark the end of this year’s edition of the Olympic Day, as Bahrain joins other countries from around the world to celebrate the occasion.
 The Olympic Day is celebrated all over the world on June 23 every year, but the Bahrain Olympic Committee decided to hold it 11 days earlier as it clashes with the Month of Ramadan.
Bahrain’s national Olympic Committee is bringing a set of programmes with the slogan “Move… Learn… Discover”.
Various physical activities as well as workshops, handcrafts and meeting national athletes who competed at the Olympics, in addition to the walkathon races are scheduled to take place during this two-week fun and family event.
Northern Governor Ali Al Asfoor asserted the readiness of his governorate to embrace this international occasion and has made all necessary arrangements to ensure its success.
“This year were are bringing a set of programmes for the entire family, including children activities and gifts, corner for productive Bahraini families, a medical section providing services to measure diabetes, weight and blood pressure, in cooperation with Health Ministry and Bapco,” said Al Asfoor.
On his part, BOC general secretary Abdulrahman Askar stressed the importance of celebrating this occasion for its noble objectives and to promote the Olympics values.
These values are friendship, respect and excellence – along with the four Paralympic values – determination, inspiration, courage and equality.
The Olympic Day mainly seeks to promote the fundamental principles of Olympism and encouraging exercising, besides instilling the Olympic spirit among athletes worldwide while calling to adhere to the noble principles of Olympic movement, based on fair competition, friendship and respect.
The Olympic Day is held under the patronage of the personal representative of His Majesty the King for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.


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