Adamar - National Olympian Associations and their member Olympians across the world have been holding special celebrations to mark Olympic Day.
Sudan National Olympic Committee has held the Olympic day in River Nile capital Adamar to promote the Olympic values in accordance with the directives of International Olympic Committee (IOC)
The Governor of River Nile Hatim Al-Wasila said while addressing the celebrations that his state has hosted the Olympic day as youth capital, adding that the event does not only represent an sporting day an important day for promoting the Olympic values.
The Olympic day in Adamar saw various games such as volleyball, basketball, handball, wrestling, Karate and marvelous shows by Kambala folklore band. The governor donated a plot of land in favor OlympiAfrica project.
The President of Sudan National Olympic Committee Hashim Haroun noted that the Olympic day celebrations in River Nile were aimed at the involving all sporting sectors to discover new talents and support youth movement in Sudan. He noted that the celebrations were also aimed at supporting social issues with impacts on communities such education.
Olympic Day is much more than just a sports event, it is a day for the world to get active, learn about Olympic values and discover new sports. Based on the three pillars move, learn and discover, National Olympic Committees are:
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.
Olympic Day was held for the first time on 23 June 1948, with a total of nine NOCs hosting ceremonies in their respective countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Great Britain, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland, Uruguay and Venezuela.
According to historical records, the first ancient Olympic Games can be traced back to 776 BC. They were dedicated to the Olympian gods and were staged on the ancient plains of Olympia. They continued for nearly 12 centuries, until Emperor Theodosius decreed in 393 A.D. that all such "pagan cults" be banned.