Olympic Day 2023 : ANOCA president’s message

TUNIS, 23 JUNE

TOGETHER IN SOLIDARITY!

If we stand together, hand in glove, we can be sure that our actions will be successful.

Beyond this assurance we are also urged, 75 years after the maiden Olympic Day, to make Olympic values the bedrock of our actions.

This year’s slogan is “Let’s Move”, which warrants on us to step up our efforts in implementing our actions and making them benchmarks for young people in Africa and across the world.

Above all, we need to encourage everyone to engage in physical activity on a daily basis. Young people grow through sport and healthy development, which helps them to remain in good health later in life. We need to encourage them even more in this direction.

Every day, we need to be active in one way or another, wherever we are. Our mental and physical health depend on it.

On this day, 23 June 2023, just take 30 minutes to move your body!

Sports practice nurtures a healthy mind in a healthy body and the desire to give the best of ourselves.

The fundamental Olympic values of excellence, solidarity, respect and fair play go with the joy of effort and a commitment by all to develop our immediate environment through sport. Sport spreads peace and love.

Celebrations are being organised today on all five continents. Olympic Day is crucial if the world at large is to embrace the vision we inherited from Pierre de Coubertin.

In Africa, we are celebrating this wonderful day against a rather charming backdrop for the continent’s Olympic and sports movement.

Tunis will, at the Yasmine Hammamet resort, be hosting the 2nd African Beach Games from today up to 30 June 2023. The event will bring together more than 1,000 athletes and hundreds of officials, coaches and volunteers. What a coincidence of dates that adds a special sparkle to the celebration of Olympic Day, at the same time as the rest of the continent is “moving” on the warm sands of Hammamet beaches.

ANOCA plays a leading role in promoting sport.

We trust that the power of sport will take us forward. We encourage participation, development and promotion of the image of sport for a more inclusive African society. Sport will drive positive change and improve people’s lives because it is safe, sustainable, and accessible; it brings people together and unites them.

In this network, the spirit of solidarity must prevail. This spirit helps us shun many of the excesses that lead to exclusion and all the ills that should have no place in our midst.

Together in solidarity! We are as solid as a rock against anything that tries to drag us down, and sport gets us moving in the right direction.

Mustapha Berraf

IOC Member  

President of ANOCA

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