The Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee
(FASANOC) along with Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC)
celebrated the 126th Anniversary of the founding of the International
Olympic Committee (IOC) today.

Olympic Day celebrated
Internationally was commemorated together in a low key event by FASANOC
and ONOC, given the current COVID-19 restrictions in the country.

FASANOC normally hosts an Olympic Day Run to celebrate Olympic Day around the pillars of Move, Learn and Discover.

This
year, the IOC set up a digital platform for a virtual Olympic Day with
athletes from all over the world taking part in fitness activities
encouraging people to #StayActive, #StayStrong and #StayHealthy.

Two
of Team Fiji’s athletes, Meli Derenalagi and Winston Hill participated
in this celebration. Meli was featured on training video on the Olympic
Channel alongside 22 athletes from various countries around the world.
Winston on the other hand hosted a live 30 minute exercise on his
Instagram handle which was broadcasted by Olympic Channel.

On the home front, Staff from FASANOC and ONOC participated in an hour long team building activity to celebrate the day.

FASANOC
President Makarita Lenoa said today on Olympic Day we celebrate
“building a better world through sport” in her address to the staff. She
also acknowledged the contribution that FASANOC and  ONOC staff make
towards not only sports development but issues such as –  Issues such as
education, health promotion, HIV prevention, women’s and girls’
empowerment, environmental protection and peace building are some of
those issues.”

ONOC President Dr Robin Mitchell acknowledged the
role of the media in getting the messages of Olympism out to the public.
He also thanked the Japanese Ambassador, H.E Ambassador Omura and his
staff for their part in promoting Olympic Day in the region.

“Celebrating Olympic Day may feel very different from all previous
years, but at the same time, on this Olympic Day, our message of the
power of sport to bring hope and optimism to everyone resonates even
stronger,” said IOC President Thomas Bach.

“Let us join together
to use this power of sport to prepare for the postponed Tokyo 2020
Olympic Games as a moment of solidarity and resilience of humankind,” he
added.

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