Just like other NOCS, NOC Gabon marked Olympic day 2017 with a huge celebration. While explaining the idea behind the event, the NOC President, Leon Folquet, had earlier said at the Leon Mba High School that“the goal is to turn more and more to schools to pass on the message of the International Olympic Committee. An Olympic Day is thus a day to learn, move and discover. Last week, we discovered golf right here.” Leon Folquet thus promised innovations next year in the NOV|C’s approach towards schools: “… it is not easy to put in place such an organisation, which requires grounding in associational culture,” the NOC President acknowledged.
Several activities were organised on 23 June, one of them in collaboration with a primary school at a stadium constructed in honour of Sino-Gabon friendship. Here, the NOC, teachers and the Parent Teacher Association set up a system comprising 16 small varying and recreational workshops. The over 250 participants thus took part in a relay race, precision throw, long jump, tug-of-war, football, sack race, etc. Precisely, 32 teams of 8 pupils each took part in the events with enthusiasm, joy, gaiety and sportsmanship. The cup was handed to the winners by the NOC President himself. It was an emotion-packed event celebrated in joy and good cheer. To round it all off, the pupils showed off their incredible dancing talents on Flash-Mob.
“These young people came to share with us the values of friendship, the joy of effort and excellence thanks to sports, culture and education. You are aware that the foundation of sport is the primary school, because from a very young age, children are inculcated with the values of Olympism so that they are spread to society,” explained Samuel Minko, Secretary-General of NOC Gabon.
At the Leon Mba High School, where the event was also celebrated, several activities were organised, especially football, handball and basketball encounters, as well as fitness and gymnastics sessions together with painting and drawing workshops.