“On Olympic Day each year the world comes together, to enjoy playing sport and to share the values of sport.This global event is more important than ever as sport faces so many competing interests, particularly among the young generation. We need to get them to step away from their computers, put down their mobile devices, and engage in physical activity. We need to make sport and physical activity part of their everyday lives. We need to get the couch potatoes off the couch.” Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee
Olympic Day is an annual event in which people from all over the world come together in their communities to celebrate sport and Olympic Values. For 2018, thousands of Olympic Day activities have been organised in 134 different countries and are expected to involve 6,500,000 people.
Lesotho National Olympic Committee (LNOC) will be celebrating both the Olympic Day and Environment Day 2018 at Mapholaneng in Mokhotlong District on 25-26 August 2018. The NOC is expecting in excess of 800 people to participate in the Olympic Day activities.
The three international themes of Olympic Day are Move, Learn and Discover:
Move: We encourage people to get active on Olympic Day. “Move” can refer to all sorts of physical activity for people of all ages and abilities. We organise a 10km Olympic Day Run (or walk) as well as individual/team sports and cultural activities.
Learn: We plan to use Olympic Day as an opportunity to look at the contribution of sport to global social issues that can affect our community, such as education, health promotion, HIV prevention, women’s and girls’ empowerment, environmental protection, peace building and local community development.
We have already conducted an internationally recognised (IOC accredited) Sports Administration Course Level 1 for Mokhotlong District Officers and local sports people. This will serve as a great learning experience and legacy that the LNOC will leave for Mokhotlong sports community.
Discover: We plan to invite and encourage people to try new sports and activities that they have never done before or are lesser known in their region.
The event will be honoured with the presence of the Honourable Minister of Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation and other invited stakeholders.