GNOC celebrates Olympic Day 2018

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) has joined the rest of the world in celebrating Olympic Day on 21, 22 and 23 June.

 Olympic Day Celebration is globally organised to commemorate the founding of the Modern International Olympic Committee in 1894 in Paris, France. The event creates greater awareness of the Olympic Movement and the ideals of Olympism. 

This year in The Gambia, the event was marked with competitive demonstrations from the 21to 23 June through Inter-Schools competitions for 3X3 Basketball and Handball for Senior and Upper Basic Schools, Tug-of-War specifically for Lower Basic Schools at the Olympafrica Centre. Trophies were presented to the Winners of the respective disciplines.

They also organised inter-Schools quiz competition for Senior Secondary and Upper Basic Schools, Road Run for Boys and Girls from Senior Secondary, Upper and Lower Basic Schools.

Amongst the escorts were Cyclists from the Gambia Cycling Association, The Gambia Fire and Rescue Services and Gambia Police Force.

The various events were graced by members of the GNOC executive board, representatives from National Sports Associations affiliated to GNOC, parents, teachers, representatives from participating schools and other stakeholders.

At the end of the celebration all participants were presented with an Olympic Day certificate of participation. 

Winners of the 1.5km run from the Lower Basic Schools; winners of the 3km run from the Upper Basic Schools, and winners of the 5km run from the Senior Secondary Schools were presented with gold, silver and bronze medals based on their positions.

 A total of 18 gold, silver and bronze medals were given out to deserving winners. Trophies were also presented to the winners of the quiz, 3X3 basketball, handball and Tug-of-War competitions.