The Official Website of Nepal Olympic Committee

June 23, 2016

Nepal Olympic Committee marked the Olympic Day in the capital on Thursday where Chief Guest Youth and Sports minister Honerable Satya Narayan Mandal wished best wishes and congratulation for the week long celebration.The message that ‘sport is for everyone, regardless of age or athletic ability’ was showcased in the program.
As the week-long celebrations that saw conspicuous presence of scouts and students came to an end, ministers, chiefs of various sports bodies, Olympians and dignitaries descended from the VIP box joined the dance party along with school children at the Army Physical Fitness and Sports Center, Lagankhel in a display of unity.
Different programs were held throughout the country for a week by the Sports for All Commission under the aegis of Nepal Olympic Committee to celebrate the values of Olympic Movement, which champions the idea of 'Excellence, Friendship and Respect.'
Chairman of the organizing committee Bishnu Gopal Shrestha informed that the Olympic Day was being celebrated in 207 nations across the world to mark the establishment of Modern Olympics on June 23, 1894.
“Olympics started in ancient Greece in 776 BC to end the quarrels between warring nations of that time. It was revived again in 1894 with the establishment of the International Olympic Committee on June 23 that year. The Modern Olympics began two years later from 1896,” said Bishnu Gopal Shrestha, chairman of the Sports for All Commission.
During the closing ceremony, Shrestha read out the message of IOC President Thomas Bach, which read: “Thank you for joining this celebration of Olympic Day. You are a part of a growing global event. Olympic Day is for everyone,  regardless of age or athletic ability. The important thing is to get the couch potato off the couch.”
The statement further said that Olympic Day is an opportunity to remind people that sport is not just for watching. “We want to inspire all people to get active and have fun.”
According to NOC President Jeevan Ram Shrestha, the Olympic Day was successful in spreading the core values of Olympic Movement and to establish peace and friendship through sports.

Nepal, which got the membership of International Olympic Committee in 1963, has been organizing various programs every year to mark the Olympic Day, Shrestha informed.

“Altogether 59 programs were held in the week-long celebrations. National sports associations, various schools along with the army and police were actively involved in this program. This is the first time we celebrated this event on such a grand scale and we look forward to make it even bigger in the next edition,” he said. 

Programs under the Olympic Day included national and open championships as well as friendship matches and demonstrations. “Basically, we want to spread the message that sports is not just for athletes but for all. Everyone should benefit from sports. It is essential for establishing peace and friendship in the society,” Shrestha added.

About 500 students, representatives from different schools, Olympians, United Nations officials, film artists, national players, army, police, APF, sports journalists, NOC officials and locals were present during the inauguration of the rally at Basantapur a week ago and during the closing ceremony we had total of 2200 people present at Lagankhel.

Honorable Minister hoisting National Flag
NOC President hoisting IOC flag

Nepal Army Band Starting the program with a bang

Olympians running with Olympic Tourch

Dance Performance from Students

Students watching