Uncategorised3km walkathon

September 11, 20198

?BAHRAIN yesterday (JUNE 23) joined many other nations all over the world as they celebrated the International Olympic Day.
An annual 3km walkathon was organised by the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) on this occasion, and saw more than 150 participants coming from all around the kingdom’s five governorates.
The event started from Dohat Award Walkway in Muharraq, where all the participants were able to complete the distance in 45 minutes.
Open to all residents and expats of all ages, the walkathon was one of several other programmes set up by the committee’s Corporate Communication. Other activities held on the day included a special corner of Sports Medicine Centre, which provided therapeutic services for the public.
The BOC also set up a special corner for diabetes and high blood pressure tests for the public, which is part of their cooperation with the Ministry of Health, and to promote the strong relationship between health and sport, which is one of the lofty goals of the Olympic Movement.
Another corner was made available for kids where face painting, colorful balloons and side contests added more delight and joy to attendees on the day.
A wide range of souvenirs were given away to all those who took part in the day activities, including T-shirts, caps, water bottles and certificates of participation signed by the BOC and the International Olympic Committee.
The event was held under the patronage of BOC acting general secretary Abdulrahman Askar, in the presence of board members Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa and Abdulhakim Al Shino, as well as financial and administrative affairs executive director Jehad Khalfan and sports affairs executive director Noaman Al Hassan.
“Celebrating the birth of the Olympic Movement in 1894, Olympic Day is today much more than a sporting event,” said Askar.
“It is an opportunity to encourage the young and not-so-young, regardless of their sporting ability and their background, to get moving, learn about the benefits of physical activity, discover new sports and reflect on the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.”
“On 23 June, Olympic Day is celebrated all around the world: hundreds of thousands of people – young and old – participate in sports activities, such as runs, exhibitions, music and educational seminars”.
“Over the last two decades, the event has helped to spread the Olympic ideals to every corner of the world,” added Askar.
The Olympic Day was introduced in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games on 23 June 1894 at the Sorbonne in Paris. The goal was to promote participation in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability.
Over the last 20 years, the Olympic Day has been associated with Olympic Day runs all over the world. From 45 participating National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in the first edition in 1987, the numbers have grown to over 150 participating NOCs. What’s more, many of the participating NOCs are in Africa – proving the event’s worldwide appeal.


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