UncategorisedBOC to celebrate Sport for Development and Peace

September 11, 20196

?The Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) today (March 30) will celebrate the United Nations’ first-ever International Day of Sport for Development and Peace at Amwaj Islands.
It will be held in collaboration with the United Nations Office in Bahrain, and on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the Asian Optimist Championships, which tips off today.
The Sport for Development and Peace, which falls on April 6, was proclaimed last year by the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate the contribution of sports and physical activity to education, human development, healthy lifestyles and a peaceful world.
On this occasion, BOC acting general secretary Abdulrahman Sadiq Askar asserted the keenness of the committee in celebrating the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace to promote a culture of peace, tolerance and development in the communities.
“Sport for Development and Peace is an opportunity to recognize the potential of sport to contribute to the achievement of the millennium development goals. It also underlines that sports can foster peace and can contribute to an atmosphere of tolerance and understanding,” said Askar.
Askar pointed out that the core values of sport of teamwork, integrity, discipline and respect for the opponent and respect for the rules of the game can be used to achieve solidarity and peaceful coexistence, cooperation and development and to create an environment of tolerance and understanding.
“Sport, as a tool for education, development and peace, can promote cooperation, solidarity, tolerance, understanding, social inclusion and health at the local, national and international levels”.
“Its intrinsic values such as teamwork, fairness, discipline, respect for the opponent and the rules of the game are understood all over the world and can be harnessed in the advancement of solidarity, social cohesion and peaceful coexistence.
Meanwhile, BOC Corporate Communication Directorate executive coordinator Fajer Jassim said the committee has prepared an integrated programme to celebrate this first-of-its-kind occasion.
Special children entertaining programmes, featuring face drawing and painting, while holding several slogans that symbolize peace and development, in an attempt to instil these concepts.
Fajer said the directorate will also stage an exhibition on the humanitarian gestures of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports first vice-chairman and Bahrain Athletics Association president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamaad Al Khalifa.
They include the Arabian Horse Racing Festival for people with disabilities, as well as the ‘Swim Challenge’, in which he completed the 42-km swim from Saudi Arabia to Bahrain for charity, clocking 20 hours.
The directorate will also be providing a range of gifts for children to be presented to them at the event.
Fajer said the BOC decided to have this event today to celebrate the opening ceremony of the Asian Optimist Championships, organized by the Bahrain Marine Sports Association, which is expected to witness a good crowd.
She noted that celebrating this global occasion ahead of its original date, which coincides with Bahrain hosting the Formula 1 Grand Prix, scheduled from April 4 to 6.

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