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UOC launches the Olympism full circles initiative

David GOMBE

The Uganda Olympic Committee on Friday, 11th February launched the Olympism full circles initiative at its headquarters in Lugogo.

The event was presided over by the UOC President Donald Rukare, UOC Olympic education, culture and legacy commission Chairperson Annet Nakamya was also in attendance.

“The uganda Olympic committee is a proud member of the Olympic family and movement. In this regard one of the key strategic areas of our focus is the promoting of Olympism in Uganda. We have in this regard over the years held several promotional activities such as creation of Olympic debates.”

“All these initiatives are aimed at creating more awareness of the Olympic values of respect, friendship and excellence especially amongst our athlete’s and youth.”

These values are life long and transformational In nature. We believe that one way of ensuring that Olympism becomes sustainably embedded in our lives is through engaging the active youth as a springboard into the wide Community. This will lead to Olympism for life.”

“We are therefore happy through the Olympism full circles initiative spearheaded by our Olympic education and culture commission to launch the Olympism full circles activity record book and guidelines. This activity book is a rich educational tool that highlights how to practically activate the Olympic values.”

It is our hope that the intended target audience of students will find it useful and enable you, close the rings based on a solid foundation provided by this activity record book.” Stated Rukare

Nakamya revealed that the Olympic movement is uniquely defined by Olympism

The Olympic movement is uniquely defined by Olympism, a philosophy of life that blends sport with culture and education to cultivate a whole individual.” This is achieved by engaging the qualities of body, will and mind.”

Said Nakamya.

The Olympism initiative is a sport and education project of the UOC that is inspired from the International Olympic Committee Olympic values education programme.

Full circles seeks to engage students and young people in Uganda to undertake twenty five activities, five of each representing one of the five educational themes of Olympism below.

Joy of effort, fair play, practicing respect, pursuit of excellence and bala ce between body, will and mind are the five educational themes of Olympism.

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