The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the Northern Cape Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, the local South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and Northern Cape Sports Confederation (NCSC) will join the rest of the world in celebrating International Olympic day on Saturday 25 June 2016 in Kuruman, Northern Cape.
Celebrated under the theme ‘to move, to learn, and discover through sport and beyond sports,’ Olympic Day is the only annual worldwide event of the Olympic movement, an ideal platform to encourage people to become more active while at the same time highlighting the benefits of physical activity. Most National Olympic Committees around the world celebrate this day on 23 June.
During this year’s Olympic Day, SASCOC will launch its partnership with UNICEF, which supports the values of the Olympic movement through youth and women development. The joint initiative will enable SASCOC and UNICEF to increase participation in different sporting codes by the introduction of new codes of sports to schools, the formation of school sport teams and also strengthen community clubs, increase the number of sports, leagues and sports tournaments.
This year’s Olympic Day sporting activities will include: a 5km fun walk, indigenous games, touch rugby, 4-aside soccer, mini netball, mini cricket and volleyball.
“South Africa very much values this new partnership with SASCOC as it pursues excellence in sports achievement of both boys and girls. Around the globe, UNICEF’s partnerships with the world of sport are based on recognition of the undeniable power of sport to connect with children and adults’, said Mrs. Sandra Bisin, UNICEF South Africa Chief of Communication, at the event.
Says SASCOC CEO: Tubby Reddy: “This year’s Olympic Day is a special one for us as it comes just over a month before Team SA leaves the South African shores for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
“In addition, we will be launching a partnership with UNICEF, an important venture which will allow us to address some of the transformation issues especially on youth and women development,” Reddy added.