The Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) yesterday launched the Olympic Week at Town House in the capital, whose essence is to involve communities in the Olympic movement.
The guest of honour at the event, the acting deputy mayor of Harare Joshua Nyatsuro, lit the torch to mark the official launch of the Olympic Week.
The week-long activities, organised by the ZOC, are scheduled to begin on Monday and will culminate in Olympic Day celebrations in Chitungwiza next Saturday.
The Olympic Week is an international Olympic Movement promoting mass participation in sports and is held during the last weekend of June every year in commemoration of the founding of the International Olympic Committee on June 23 1894.
Nyatsuro said the event was an opportunity for all people irrespective of age and gender to participate in the sporting and social activities on offer.
“We support the Olympic Day celebrations, the organisation of which we have been involved in as local authorities for quite some time now.
“We intend to continue the collaboration with ZOC in support of this event as it has arguably one of the most significant benefits to the well-being of our citizens.
“Let us come in our numbers to Chitungwiza Town Centre on Saturday June 25 to demonstrate that as Zimbabwe we value our health and believe in the power of sport to build communities,” said Nyatsuro. ZOC president Admire Masenda said the Olympic Day is a great opportunity for a large audience to experience Olympic values outside the time the games are run.
“The Olympic Day brings under one umbrella all the activities which are sporting, cultural and educational, promoting and celebrating the Olympic Movement and its values.
“The three pillars of the Olympic Day celebrations which are ‘Move, Learn and Discover’ symbolise the need for the society to be physically healthy, informed and innovative in spheres even beyond just sport,” Masenda added. He also said this year’s event takes a step forward by becoming an Olympic Week with events lined up for the entire week unlike previously when it was celebrated on a single day.
The week-long activities include clean-up campaigns and a road show.
Olympic Day is an international modern-day Olympic movement activity promoting mass participation in sports and is held every last weekend of June.