LNOC to host Olympic Day  in Quthing

LNOC to host Olympic Day in Quthing

Maseru– The Lesotho National Olympic Committee (LNOC) will host this year’s Olympic Day on Saturday in Quthing.
The day is expected to bring entertainment and education in equal measure to the people of Quthing.
According to the LNOC head of programmes, Pulumo Nchakha, this year’s Olympic Day will see demonstrations of sporting codes not usually played in Quthing.

He said the idea is to help raise awareness about different sports and hopefully lead to participation. Amongst the codes that will be on show are rugby and weightlifting. “We have an eight-year plan from 2017 to 2024 to take sport to the people and engage everyone,” Nchakha said.
“We want to use sport to develop the communities (of Quthing) which is why we have three themes this year — ‘learn’, ‘move’ and ‘discover’.”
“With learning, the Quthing community is going to learn about the different sporting codes that are not found in Quthing. We will be doing demonstrations of sports such as rugby and weightlifting,” he added.

The Olympic Day was introduced in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games in 1894.
It is celebrated annually in over 130 countries with communities coming together to celebrate sport and the Olympic values of ‘learning’, ‘moving’ and ‘discovering’.

The Olympic Day has been held in Lesotho for the past two decades with the goal of promoting involvement in sport regardless of age, gender or athletic ability. Today the day has developed into more than just a sports event with National Olympic Committees adding cultural and educational activities to the festivities.

This year the LNOC has organised several activities which include a Sport Administration Level 1 course for administrators.
The course started on Monday and will end tomorrow. The LNOC is also planning to use this weekend’s Olympic Day to gauge the role sport can play in helping to improve social issues such as education, health promotion, HIV prevention, women’s and girls’ empowerment, environmental protection, peace building and local community development.

The Sport Administration course, meanwhile, is internationally recognised by the International Olympic Committee and is meant to serve “as a learning experience and legacy for the Quthing sports community”. “We want people to engage physically,” Nchakha added.
“There will also be a 10 kilometre Olympic Day Run as well as other individual, team sports and cultural activities.”

Luciah Phahla

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