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Olympic Day run at Ratnapura

Over 1000 school children from 11 schools in Ratnapura District will take part in this year’s Olympic Day Run which will start at the public Ground, Ratnapura New Town tomorrow. The run will start at 8.00a.m.

Last years Olympic Day Run in progress at Polonnaruwa

Sri Lanka Telecom has come forward to sponsor this year’s event which is organized by the Sri Lanka National Olympic Committee in collaboration with Chief Minister Sabaragamuwa Province Maheepala Herath, Sabaragamuwa Provincial Education Ministry, Provincial Sports Ministry and Sri Lanka Police.

Since Sri Lanka’s first Olympic Day Run which took place in 1990, the NOC has staged the event in various provinces as a fun run to popularize Olympics, to make people aware of the Olympics and to Take the Olympics’ Message to the world.

Along with the run, there is a special program arranged to make school children aware of protecting environment and a special program of tree planting campaign too will be held.

President SLNOC Hemasiri Fernando stated that there will be additional sports activities organized along with next year’s run and Chief Minister Sabaragamuwa Province Maheepala Herath said that every step would be taken to ensure a successful Olympic Day Run to add colour to the City of Gems.

What is Olympic Day Run?

Olympic Day Run is an international Olympic Movement activity which is organized by all 205 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in the world in order to promote the mass participation of sports to make people aware of the Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was established on June 23, 1894 as a revival of the ancient Olympic Games.

Olympic games did not take place in 1940 and 1944 due to World War II. After the war, in 1948, the games were held in London. In the same year, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved the idea of Olympic Day to commemorate the creation of the IOC on June 23, 1894.

Olympic Day was held for the first time on June 23, 1948 with nine NOCs hosting ceremonies. Austria, Belgium, Canada, Great Britain, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland, Uruguay and Venezuela hosted ceremonies for the first Olympic Day.

The first Olympic Day Run was held in 1987, over a distance of 10km, with 45 NOCs taking part.

The Olympic Day Run is usually held during June 17-24 by NOCs, with a run of less than 8 km.


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