The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) in collaboration with the City of Johannesburg and Gauteng Province hosts the 2014 prestigious Olympic Day in Ivory Park, Midrand, on 27 September, just days after the nation celebrates Heritage Day.

Olympic Day is the only annual worldwide event of the Olympic movement, an ideal platform to encourage people to become more active while at the same time highlighting the benefits of physical activity. The event will give South Africans the chance to learn about the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.

Running under the theme: Move, Learn and Discover, this year’s Olympic Day anticipates approximately 2500 participants and sporting activities will include: an eight kilometre run, a 5km walk, gymnastics, five-a-side football, netball and karate. Apart from sport other activities will include: Doping prevention, Athletes Career advice, an outline of the qualities of an athlete, an insight into sport and the environment as well as a mobile test unit and High Performance Centre services.

Some of South Africa’s leading athletes, from a  variety of sporting codes, will be on hand to share their experiences with members of the local community.

Among them will be Commonwealth Games triple jump medallist and 2014 IAAF Diamond League long jump champion Khotso Mokoena.

Other Commonwealth medallists are boxer Thulani Mbenge (bronze in Glasgow), and Eastern Cape judo ace Siyabulela Mabulu, who also won bronze in Scotland.

And an added bonus will be the presence of star rower James Thompson. Thompson was part of the men’s lightweight fours crew who won Olympic gold in London two years ago and just recently he won gold in the men’s lightweight double scull event, along with John Smith.

Says SASCOC CEO: Tubby Reddy: “This year’s Olympic Day comes less than a month after our Team represented South Africa at the Youth Olympic games in Nanjing, China. There were many cultural and education programmes that our youth participated in and this day is just yet another opportunity to learn more on Olympic values.”

“SASCOC looks forward to this event and encourages the youth to attend and interact with, athletes and with each other so that you learn what Olympism entails.”

Adds, Member of the Executive Mayoral Committee: Health and Social Development Councillor, Nonceba Molwele, “The City is committed to sustainable youth development and promotion of a healthy lifestyle.  Sports, culture and a healthy lifestyle are critical interventions in addressing social ills and the non communicable diseases, which are major causes of death in our country.”

Concludes Gauteng Province MEC for Sport, Ms Molebatsi Frances Bopape “We are indeed humbled and thrilled being part of the SASCOC initiative for the Olympic day. I believe that it being hosted in a community such as Ivory Park affirms the seriousness of ensuring that development in sport reaches everyone.

“The theme is quite exciting “Move, Learn, Discover” it actually speaks to this important month where we celebrate our Heritage. Sport has become an integral part of your Heritage as South Africans and such events afford many people to showcase their talent”