ANOC praises NOCs for raising awareness of International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
ANOC today praised NOCs around the world for hosting a range of activities to promote the role sport can play in contributing to development and peace.
The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace takes place every year on 6 April to raise awareness of sports vast reach, unparalleled popularity and foundation of positive values.
Promoting the fundamental principles and values of Olympism is one of the core roles of NOCs, as set out in the Olympic Charter. NOCs around the world work hard to ensure that the potential of sport is realised in their countries; encouraging people to live more peaceful and healthier lifestyles.
ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said:
“The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is a very important day as it serves as a reminder of sport’s universal power to act as a vehicle for promoting development and peace. NOCs across the world have or will host activities to promote this day and build awareness about sport’s positive values. But it is not just about today. NOCs are doing excellent work throughout the year in using sport to inspire positive social change and contribute to more peaceful societies.”
Under IOC President Thomas Bach’s leadership, the Olympic Movement has increased its cooperation with the UN in recent years to support them in achieving their Sustainable Development Goals.