Olympic-Day-Run To Kickoff Anambra School Sports Festival—Onyedum
The 2023 Olympic Day Run which will hold on June 24 will kickstart the closing ceremonies of the six weeks Anambra School Sports Festival.
The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) in a Statement said 21 states have so far indicated their readiness to hold the Olympic Day Run in their various states while more were expected to join the train.
Tony Nezianya, the Public Relations Officer of the NOC said the states included Anambra, Edo, Bayelsa, Kebbi, Yobe, Kwara, Ondo, Gombe, Sokoto, Ogun, Osun, FCT, Jigawa, Taraba, Delta, Oyo, Sokoto, Kano, Imo, Nasarawa, Kogi and Borno.
He said this year’s edition with the theme “’Let’s Move”. would be the return of elaborate celebration after the outbreak of COVID ’19 Pandemic.
“It has been planned as a special day to promote the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect as enunciated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over the years.
‘’The aim is to encourage people to be physically active for at least 30 minutes a day, corresponding to the minimum time recommended by the World Health Organization for good health
“This year will not be an exception as many States are already preparing to organise the programme in their various States,” he said.
In Anambra,Patrick-Estate Onyedum, Chairman of the Anambra Sports Development Commission said the Olympic Day Run would hold in the morning kickstart the closing ceremonies of the first Solution School Sports Festival.
Onyedum Chukwuma Soludo who was a lover of sports and Olympic movement in particular had directed the Commission to ensure Anambra held a worthwhile Day Run.
“The special thing about this school sports festival is that it will end with this year’s Olympic Day Run. We shall participate in the Day Run fully and cap it up with our festival finals.
“This school sports festival is the first after more than 10 years, the idea is to discover and nurture future Olympians.
“I thank Mr Governor Prof Chukwuma Soludo for graciously approving the festival and I that officials of the NOC would be around to see best of grassroots sports at the grand finale,” he said.
The Anambra School Sports Festival started on May 17 across the 21 Local Government Area of the state and would end at the Awka township stadium on June 24.