The Olympic Day 2014 (OD2014) celebration in Port Vila was quite a success.

The Olympic Day Fun Run (ODFR) opened the early morning with 261 registered runners on the Fun Run route. The International Olympic Committee’s global message from President Thomas Bachwas played before the ODFR commenced. Young and old, and kids as young as four years old including the disabled, took part in the event under the slogan, “Move, Learn and Discover”. A blind girl took part with her mum as well (see picture n°3).

The Day’s messages of support for the Olympic Day 2014 was presented by the president of VASANOC – Antoine Boudier, the Director General of the Ministry of Sports and Youth Development & Training William Nasak, and the President of the Vanuatu Women and Sports Commission – Lilon Bong.

The OD2014 celebrated by the 16 Federations was also a way to express each Federation’s dedication to the Olympic spirit, highlighting their sport’s shared values of excellence, friendship and respect to honor Olympic Day. 350 athletes part took in the Sport Federations’ displays, at the Wan SmolBag Theatre sports field.

The day was decorated with the launching of the national Logo, the national Mascot and the national Slogan of the VAN2017 Pacific Mini Games, presented by the CEO of the VAN2017 PMG, Mr. Joe Bomal Calo.

VASANOC and the Olympic Organizing Committee 2014 acknowledged the participation of all 16 sports Federations and especially the major sponsorship of Telecom Vanuatu Ltd – TVL, and Coca Cola,
Carpenter motors, Wan SmolBag Theatre, the Olympic Solidarity and Instant Scratchies for making Olympic Day 2014 a successful achievement. “Tankiu tumas!”

All over the world Olympic Day unites men, women and children of all ages to celebrate June 23. This year VASANOC Olympic Day 2014 was being celebrated on Saturday 21 June in Port Vila. Meanwhile, the Olympic Day Organizing Committee has plans to celebrate the festival in another Province in 2015.

by Kathie Simon


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