Week-long activities planned for Olympic Day celebrations

A week of fun activities will be held in Port Moresby from June 20 to 26 as part of the worldwide Olympic Day celebrations. The Olympic Day falls on June 23 however, the days leading up to it and after will be filled with fun activities which will involve schools, communities, sports teams and club as well as the public.

The goal of the Olympic Day is based on the three pillars of “Move”, “Learn”, and “Discover.” NOC’s are encouraged to organize sports, cultural and educational activities for all regardless of age, gender, social background or sporting ability.

Coincidently, this year’s Trukai Fun Run will be held in the same week and falls on Sunday 26 June to cap off a long week of activities.

Various sports will be involved in live demonstrations with students which will include Athletics, Archery, Football (Soccer), Basketball, Karate, Handball, Netball and others.

While coordinating the activities, the PNG Olympic Committee who are organizing the program will also be sharing the message of Olympic values of Respect, Friendship and Excellence as well as other important values that are promoted in sports. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the Olympic Movement and the history of the Games through a series of question and answers.
The public will also be able to learn these facts through a similar quiz online via Facebook and Twitter as well as the PNG Olympic Committee website.

“It is going to be a fun-filled week with lots of activities and we are looking forward to meeting everyone who will be participating in our programs,” said PNGOC Secretary General, Auvita Rapilla.
She said 2016 is the year of the Olympic Games with the latest edition of the Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro in August, and the celebrations this week can also draw more support for Team PNG athletes who will be competing there.

PNG Olympic Committee will also be supporting the establishment of the PNG Olympians Association at a luncheon on June 23. The association will be for all athletes who have competed at the Olympics for PNG.

“The Olympics is the epitome of sport in the world and is a great achievement for all athletes. We are privileged to have been represented at that level by some of our great sports men and women and this association will be established to recognize and commemorate them.

“Olympians are a special breed and are a part of our sporting history. We would like to recognize and honour their contribution to sport in PNG through this association. May they be the inspiration for future generations,” Rapilla said.

Everyone is encouraged to follow the PNG Olympic Committee and Team PNG Facebook and Twitter pages and websites for the latest programs and updates on activities and participation opportunities.




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