ANOC Celebrates International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

ANOC today joined National Olympic Committees in celebrating the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) and how sport can support the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The IDSDP is celebrated every year on 6 April and is an opportunity to recognise the role that sport and physical activity plays in communities and in people’s lives across the world. This year people have been encouraged to share on social media pictures or videos showing the value of sport in their lives and to highlight the importance of ensuring we are all protected from COVID-19 . The hashtag #OnlyTogether has been used to promote that #OnlyTogether will we play or cheer again.

Acting ANOC President Robin Mitchell said:

“With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to affect people all around the world, the contribution sport can make to building resilience and promoting unity is more pertinent than before. Over the last 12 months we have seen how sport and physical activity have brought people together even when they cannot meet face to face. Sport has helped improve people’s physical and mental health and inspired hope during these very difficult times. The values that sport promotes like teamwork, fairness and equality, will be vital as we aim to recover stronger from the pandemic.”

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