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Top SA Athletes Celebrate 2015 Olympic Day with citizens
- Updated: August 28, 2015
Top South African athletes competing at the African Games in Brazzaville, Congo and Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa will celebrate this year’s Olympic Day together with SA citizens on Sunday, 30 August at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre, Ekurhuleni.
This year’s Olympic day will coincide with the departure of Team South Africa to Samoa after we hold a send off braai for them on 29 August and subsequently the farewell dinner for the African Games team will be held on 1 September. Though the latter team departures are staggered, most athletes will leave for Congo Brazzaville on Wednesday 2 September.
SASCOC, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, Central Gauteng Athletics and Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre will work collaboratively to spread the Olympism message in Ekurhuleni and all the surrounding areas, just at a time before South African teams depart for the Commonwealth Youth Games and the African Games – the latter event the highest pinnacle of continental games respectively.
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.
As in the previous years, the event will run under the theme: Move, Learn and Discover. South African 2012 Olympic, Commonwealth and FINA World Championships gold medallist, Chad le Clos, FINA World Cup medallist, Myles Brown and Glasgow Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Judo ace Siyabulela Mabulu will participate either in a 5km walk or 7.9km run.
In addition, Banyana Banyana stars who played for South Africa in the women football code at the 2012 London Olympics, Refiloe Jane, Janine van Wyk and Amanda Dlamini will also join in the day’s activities.
The athletes will avail themselves to the public and share their experiences as top athletes thereby encouraging youngsters of the community to follow suit.
Apart from sport, other activities will include: doping prevention among athletes, nutrition – to raise awareness of good eating habits, and athletes’ career advice.
Says SASCOC CEO: Tubby Reddy: “This year’s Olympic Day comes less than a week before our different teams represent South Africa at this year’s Commonwealth Youth Games and African Games respectively.
“This day is just yet another opportunity for the South African citizens to learn more on Olympic values through interacting with our top athletes and participating in the day’s activities so we urge everyone to attend.”
SASCOC President, Gideon Sam said, “With the Olympic Movement having adopted Olympic Agenda 2020, the importance of Olympic Day and the celebration thereof, becomes significant. Young people being exposed to Olympism, get a better understanding of what the Olympics is all about. They soon learn that it is not just about competing for medals but issues of racism, fairness, working with communities and many more day-to-day matters.
“Our teams leaving for Samoa and Congo Brazzaville will get a taste of some of the teachings around the Olympic Movement. I hope they will cherish this Olympic Day forever and become great Olympics,” Sam concluded.
“The City of Ekurhuleni prides itself as the host City for the prestigious Olympic day celebrations, as this event positions us as the city that embraces sport and promotes healthy lifestyle,” said Ekurhuleni spokesperson Themba Gadebe.
“We therefore wish our top athletes all the best during the competition, may they fly the nations flag high,” concluded Gadebe.
Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre Director, Kevin Clarence added, “We proudly welcome all the SASCOC athletes, staff and participants from Ekurhuleni that will be with us at the Birchwood Hotel celebrating Olympic Day on Sunday. We have always enjoyed a positive and mutually beneficial relationship with the organisation, and know that this will continue going forward. Please inform us if there is any way that we can make your experience with us more enjoyable.”