Over the past several years the National Olympic Academy has been involved in sensitizing the nation in respect of the fundamental principles enshrined in Olympism. Some schools have already been involved in what many see as an innovative programme for the children of this nation imbuing them with positive life values through the medium of sports.
Olympic Day Message 2006
IOC President. Jacques Rogge, has penned the following Message for the Olympic Day Run 2006:
Year by year the Olympic Day Run has become an unmissable event in the month of June.
Throughout the world, thousands of men, women, children, older people and people with disabilities respond to the appeal of the National Olympic Committees and run together, thus commemorating, in their own way, the birth of the modern Olympic Games, on 23 June 1894, at the university of Sorbonne in Paris (France).
I should take this opportunity to pay tribute to all volunteers, without whom this event would not be such a wonderful moment of sport and joy.
We also owe the success of this Run to the enthusiasm and commitment of our longtime partner, McDonalds, a TOP sponsor. Through its involvement, McDonalds, alongside us, contributes to encouraging and promoting a balanced and active lifestyle.
Today this annual event is more than a simple run; it is also the ideal opportunity to disseminate the Olympic values to the four corners of the world. This Run recalls that sport is more than ever a part of social development and the physical activity is essential to guarantee everyone a healthy body and mind.
I wish you an excellent Olympic Day Run. Happy running everyone!