The Somalia National Olympic Committee, in collaboration with its stakeholders, yesterday celebrated the 2015 Olympic Day in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
Olympic Day is a global celebration of the founding of the International Olympic Committee and the modern Olympic Movement by Pierre de Coubertain in 1894.
The Somali Olympic committee organised a series of sporting events to mark the day which is observed on every June 23rd since 1987. But the Sports officials postponed this year to 23rd July due to the holy month of Ramadhan.
The celebration was attended by head and members of the Olympic committee, head of sports club, veterans and many sports figures. The day witnessed keenly contested races among hundreds of Mogadishu young residents.
Among the other activities were basketball, Taekwondo, and football.
All state of the world under the umbrella of the International Olympic Committee celebrated this year anniversary entitled; “Excellence, Friendship, Respect and Discovery”.
For years in Somalia, sport was suppressed by hardline Islamists. They believed it was too Western for Somali youth.
But in the last few years, revival of sports activities has been taking place rapidly in Mogadishu.
Published: July 24, 2015