3 Days to Go: 6,000 set to take part in #OlympicDay in Cape Verde

20 | 6 | 2018

More than 6,000 people across nine islands in Cape Verde are set to get active on Olympic Day 2018. The vibrant archipelago off the coast of West Africa has big plans for sport’s special day on 23 June with over 20 activities lined up involving Olympians acting as agents of social change.

Olympian-led sport, cultural and educational activities will take place to encourage young people to get active and adopt a healthy lifestyle, while showcasing the role of sport as a tool for development and social harmony.

Activities on offer include a football tournament, mass participation bike rides and taster sessions in a wide range of Olympic sports such as basketball, handball, rowing, swimming, sailing, equestrian, beach volleyball, karate, taekwondo and athletics. Environmental sustainability will also be a key focus of the Olympic Day events with tree planting, beach tidying and rubbish collecting and a turtle protection day planned.

Olympian Jordin Andrade OLY (Track & Field, Rio 2016) will celebrate Olympic Day on the remote Island of Brava, the smallest inhabited island in Cape Verde, as part of Cape Verde’s Olympians for Sport4Life, a WOA Service to Society funded project.

“I'm very happy to be a part of Olympic Day. Being able to give back support to our country and especially the kids is very special to me. I was blessed with the ability to be a great athlete and want to use the platform it has built for me to create something special for everyone,” said Jordin.

Olympic Day, which takes place every year on 23 June, is a day of global celebration that unites the Olympic Movement behind the promotion of Olympism.

WOA would like to share your inspirational Olympic Day stories, events and pictures on our digital and social platforms so please let us know about any planned Olympic Day activities by contacting or tagging us on social media using @worldolympians (Twitter) and @worldolympiansassociation (Facebook) and using the hashtag #OlympicDay.

Photo credit: IOC