Celebration of local Olympians achievements

Thursday June 15, 2017 Written by Published in Other Sports

The achievements of the local Olympians will be celebrated during Olympic Week in Rarotonga next week.

 

The event is organised by the Athletes Commission on behalf of the Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) and in partnership with Women in Sports.

The Olympic Week is an annual event held from Monday to Friday to celebrate the Olympic movement and will feature the Olympic Day Fun Run on Thursday at Punanga Nui Market.

The fun run starts at 5pm will have 1 kilometre, 3km and 5km events.

Cook Islands Athletes Commission member Edith Nicholas said this year’s theme will be based on the Cook Islands Olympians who have attended past Olympic Games.

She said they would also be holding the schools quiz programmes over the radio on Cook Islands Olympians as part of next week’s celebration.

“We have selected Arorangi Primary School and Apii Nikao in the school connect programme,” Nicholas said.

“With the two schools, we are offering projects to the students to be creative about our theme this year and part of the programme we will be delivering the students is the quiz that will test their knowledge.”

The Olympic Day Fun Run is open to everyone and Nicholas is hoping for a huge turnout on Thursday.

She is encouraging national federations, local communities and other organisations to join them in the fun run.

Nicholas said refreshments and certificates will be provided after the fun run.

“This year our country’s flag will be raised at the Commonwealth Youth Games in July, Asian Indoor Games in September, Manea Games in October and the Pacific Mini Games in December, so let’s make this 2017 Olympic Day Fun Run extra special for our athletes,” Nicholas said.

“Let’s come together, show our strength and national pride. Let’s all celebrate the Olympic Movement and support our athletes and codes.

“We encourage you to bring your executives, members, family and friends.”

The International Olympic Committee was formally established on June 23, 1894, through the efforts of Pierre de Coubertin promoting competitive sport as a revival of the ancient Olympic Games.

The Olympic Games of 1940 and 1944 were not held due to World War II.

In January 1948, the IOC approved the idea of Olympic Day to commemorate the creation of the IOC, a sort of “birthday” of the Olympic Movement at the 42nd IOC Session in St Moritz, Switzerland.

Olympic Day was held for the first time on June 23 1894 with a total of nine National Olympic Committees hosting ceremonies in their respective countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Great Britain, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland, Uruguay and Venezuela.

In 2006, there were 161 NOCs promoting Olympic Day Run to their countrymen.

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