?The Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) joined other National Olympic Committees from other parts of the globe to celebrate the 2014 edition of the Olympic Day.
A packaged five-hours programme was staged during this year’s Olympic Day, held at Khalifa Park in Arad. This event was to celebrate the International Olympic Committee’s three pillars – Move, Learn and Discover.
It was held under the patronage of BOC general secretary Abdulrahman Askar, and also witnessed by other high-ranking sports and government officials and guests, including Ambassadors of the Tunisia to Bahrain Mohammed bin Yousif and his Palestine counterpart Taha Abdul Qader.
The programme started with the Military Music band performing the Kingdom’s national anthem, followed by the opening remarks by BOC Media & Archive Director Mohammed Lori.
Lori extended the committee’s keenness to celebrate this special occasion every year just like other national Olympic committees from all over the world in an attempt to observe the Olympic values of fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship.
“This year, we celebrate the Olympic Day which comes with a new slogan ‘Move, Learn and Discover’, as we share the international Olympic community its efforts in promoting the principles of Olympism and the noble human values, where this ceremonial occasion has occupies an important part in our annual agenda,” said Lori.
Askar, along with other officials and guests, then toured the park where they watched a variety of programmes, such as special corners for the BOC’s Anti-Doping Committee and the National Sports Medicine Centre, kids games and a walkathon, which was over 800 metres.
The programme also included a Military music band show, as well as a Zumba dance show, taekwondo skills exhibition, a magician show and football skills demonstration.
Thereafter, certificates of participation from the International Olympic Committee were presented to all the participants.
On this occasion, Abdulrahman Askar expressed pleasure for the smooth organisation of this year’s Olympic Day, which featured greater success and significantly different in comparison to last year’s edition.
Askar said that the Bahrain Olympic Committee was keen this year to set up a packed programme and new shows that would attract all members of the community and to contribute to building a societal culture about the Olympic values.
“Our celebration of the Olympic Day is a source of pride for us. It’s an occasion to emphasize the cooperation and fair sports competitiveness, and to emphasis the need to obtain sportsmanlike spirit,” said Askar”.
“It is also an ideal opportunity to encourage people to exercise. The Olympic Day is a day for everyone to participate and give them the opportunity to become involved in various sports and events in an attempt to embody the Olympic values and instill the spirit of unity, peace and fair competition”.