Jamaica Olympic Association President emphasises power of sport on Olympic Day

To mark Olympic Day, Jamaica Olympic Association President Christopher L. Samuda delivered the following message:

“Today we celebrate Olympic Day but the Olympic Spirit transcends the hours of our lives lived today. It transcends generations of lives lived yesterday and those that will be alive tomorrow.

It embodies values which are invaluable to life. It kindles light which gives humanity more than a sense of brotherhood and mutuality. It defines and gives meaning to lives lived in sport and deepens our understanding of the ideals which inspire us in sport to be good stewards of talents.

I am grateful to be a servant leader of fine men and women who continue to give life to the Jamaica Olympic Association and Olympic movement; who serve sport with commitment and conviction and who understand that today’s labour of love is tomorrow’s sweet reward.

“Stay strong, stay active and stay healthy” are the admirable watchwords of a global campaign celebrating Olympic day during the current pandemic.

We must now, as a people, challenge ourselves in ensuring that when tomorrow comes we shall be alive and will remain alive to that faithful and compelling calling, in civil society, to nationhood.

On this day, Olympic Day, I salute you, our member associations, all athletes, coaches and officials with a spirit that is grateful, with a spirit that is kindred and with a spirit that lives beyond today for tomorrow’s generation of sportsmen and women. I salute our people who continue, with conviction, to not only change but, more importantly, to transform the game in the university of life.”

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