UncategorisedBOC celebrates Sport for Development and Peace

September 11, 20195

?The Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) celebrated the United Nations’ International Day of Sport for Development and Peace at Amwaj Islands.
Held in collaboration with the United Nations Office in Bahrain, the Sport for Development and Peace falls on April 6, but was instead staged on March 30 as it  coincides with Bahrain hosting the Formula 1 Grand Prix taking place from April 4 to 6.
The function was held under the patronage of BOC acting general secretary Abdulrahman Askar, and attended by Bahrain Maritime Sports Association president Shaikh Khalifa bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, Director of the United Nations Media Centre for the Arabian Gulf Najib Friji, BOC member Khalid Al Alawi and committee directors.
Speaking at the ceremony, Friji said Sport for Development and Peace is an opportunity to recognize the potential of sport to contribute to the achievement of the millennium development goals. It also underlines that sports can foster peace and can contribute to an atmosphere of tolerance and understanding.
“This international day will shed the lights on the potential of sport to promote human rights, remove all barriers and strengthen solidarity at the global level. To reach our goals, we need to combine efforts of everyone from governments, international organizations, athletes and the civil society,” he said.
Friji, along with Shaikh Khalifa and Askar, took this opportunity to unleash the pigeons of peace in the sky in a symbolic message to show the noble goals for which this celebration was found, such as promoting a culture of peace, tolerance and development in the communities, and to highlight the sport core values represented in teamwork, integrity, discipline and respect for the opponent and the rules of the game.
Other objectives are to contribute to the achievement of solidarity and peaceful coexistence, cooperation and development and to create an environment of tolerance and understanding within the society.
The ceremony also featured a number of special children entertaining programmes, featuring face drawing and painting. They were provided a range of gifts from the directorate on this occasion.
Thereafter, the attendees toured a photo exhibition set up by the BOC’s Corporate Communication Directorate, highlighting the humanitarian gestures of the Kingdom’s sports leadership and expressed their keenness to promote the culture of peace, love and development.
The exhibition comprised photos on such initiatives launched by Supreme Council for Youth and Sports first vice-chairman and Bahrain Athletics Association president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamaad Al Khalifa.
They were the Arabian Horse Racing Festival for people with disabilities, as well as the ‘Swim Challenge’, in which he completed the 42-km swim from Saudi Arabia to Bahrain for charity, clocking 20 hours.
The Sport for Development and Peace was proclaimed last year by the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate the contribution of sports and physical activity to education, human development, healthy lifestyles and a peaceful world.


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