Sports For All Sets Date For Olympics Day
Sports For All, an arm of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), has revealed that this year’s Olympic Day celebration will hold on July 4 in states across the country.
The Olympic Day is a day set aside for people to learn about the Olympic ideals, including the gains of physical exercise to the physical and mental health of the individual.
Disclosing the programme for the celebrations in Lagos on Thursday, Sports For All President, Henry Amike, said the event will involve individuals of all ages, who will walk, jog or run to exercise their bodies.
He said the event has been broken down “in stages of 3km, 6 km and 10 km to accommodate everybody. The states that have registered to participate and host the 2015 Olympic Day Celebration are Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Niger, Ondo, Edo, Enugu, Anambra, Plateau, Delta, Lagos, Jigawa, Imo, Ogun, Taraba, Rivers, Abia and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).”
According to Amike, “in Lagos, which hosts the NOC headquarters, the event will flag off at the National Stadium car park at 8.00 a.m, while the participants will run or jog from the National stadium to Ojuekegba under bridge and turn left to Lawanson Road and turn left to Ogunlana Drive to Masha Under straight to the National Stadium, where there will be a brief ceremony.”
He reiterated that the Olympic Day is not an event to win prizes, “but to serve as a reminder that exercise holds a lot of promises in helping mankind to stay healthy through sports as a way of life.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria will join the rest of the world today in celebration of the world Yoga day, which will take place in over 3,000 locations across the Globe.
With over 100 cities in the United States to Australia, Africa, Asia, and Europe fully involved in the exercise, an estimate of five million people will roll out their Yoga mats as part of the fun to mark the event, which has found resonance in the heart of everyone.
For Nigeria, the programme that is part of the Sports For All Nigeria Initiative is being organized in partnership with Nigeria Olympic Committee and Sewa International and will take place at the National Stadium, Lagos, from 7:30 am to 9:30 am.
Amike appealed to Nigerians to make the best use of this opportunity by turning out in large numbers for the event.
Also speaking on the event, Mr. Sri Ravi Shankar of the Art of Living Foundation, said yoga has been in existence for over 5,000 years and is meant for a healthy and happy lifestyle hence their desire to make it a household name in Nigeria.
The two-hour event is aimed at creating awareness on healthy and happy ways of living. It is to be observed by about 2,000 youths across the country.
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