The Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) hosted a live Olympic Day workout session at the Katutura Youth Complex.
24 June 2020 | Sports
The online olympic workout session aimed at inspiring athletes along with their fans to remain active during the crisis, served as the focus for this year’s annual International Olympic Day celebrations. This one-hour exercise workout session entitled “stay strong”, “stay active”, “stay healthy” became a global theme for national olympic committees across the world to collectively join hands in encouraging individuals to remain healthy in body and mind during the lockdown.
Delivering the global message on behalf of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, former Olympian and president of the Olympians Association, Monica Böhm highlighted the importance sport played in bringing people together in peaceful competition and the joy it brought to all participants and spectators. “Olympic Day reminds us of the unifying power of sport and an opportunity to celebrate the Olympic values of excellence, respect and friendship,” the message of the IOC President, Thomas Bach, reads.
The event featured a 25-minute full-body workout with 50 recipients from the BAS feeding scheme programme, along with awareness messaging promoting athlete nutrition, hygiene emphasising on hand sanitization, wearing masks and social distancing. Life skills games were also incorporated to teach recipients about mental resilience when competing in sport.
Joining in the activities were Namibian elite athletes Helalia Johannes, Michelle Voster, Alexander Miller and Tristan de Lange. The Para athlete sprinter Johannes Nambala and wheelchair athlete Roodly Gawaseb also joined in the celebrations!
The NNOC President, Abner Xoagub mentioned in his closing remarks that the celebrations has realized the significance of the role sport plays in social upliftment. “The children at the Basketball Artist School played along with Olympians who are their role models. They seldom have the opportunity to participate in activities with their role models, and the Olympic Day celebrations indeed created the platform