Olympians attend Olympic Day fun run

Saturday June 23, 2018 Written by Published in Other Sports
The current Cook Islands Olympians at the annual Olympic Day fun run on Thursday. 18062211 The current Cook Islands Olympians at the annual Olympic Day fun run on Thursday. 18062211

To celebrate World Olympic Day, the annual fun run was once again held on Thursday afternoon.

Nine of the country’s Olympic athletes were on hand to support the event, which was held at the Punanga Nui Market.

The event was organised by the Cook Islands Medical and Anti-Doping Organisation, alongside the Cook Islands Athletes Commission and the Cook Islands Women in Sports Commission.

CISNOC sports manager Siniva Marsters said she was pleased with the turnout, with an estimated 200 people taking part.

“The Olympians on the island have always been part of our fun run and are recognised at each event we have, but it was fantastic that they finally came out to help celebrate the day,” said Marsters.

The Cook Islands Medical and Anti-Doping Organisation had personnel present at the fun run as well, to help educate and bring awareness to the community about doping in sport and the process of drug testing.

Marsters also said it was fantastic to have some of the country’s Youth Olympics athletes present at the event.

While celebrating Olympians here in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands were also represented at the International Olympic Academy, celebrating Olympic Day in Olympia, Greece.

Weightlifter Manine Lynch and Regina Giovanni Potini from the Aitutaki sports association were part of the academy.

Marsters said it is hoped that upon their return they will use the experience and knowledge that they gained to help promote the Olympic ideals here in the Cook Islands with some of the country’s next generation of athletes.

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