Hockey India celebrates Olympic Day 2020 by bringing hockey community together digitally

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With this year’s Olympic Day being held under unprecedented circumstances, Hockey India celebrated the 72nd Olympic Day digitally with its Member Units showcasing Olympic values among the young children, players, coaches and administrative staff, by taking part in various activities while respecting the social distancing and safety guidelines prescribed by the local government over a week.

Hockey India’s Member Units marked this special Olympic Day with activities that spread the message of spirit of sportsmanship and unity through hockey-focused activities including quizzes, wellness programs, art and craft competitions, write-ups and essays on Olympic Day and Olympic values, along with spreading awareness on the importance of healthy living, staying indoors and staying fit. Through various events planned throughout the week leading up to Olympic Day, it was Hockey India’s ambition to strengthen the link that children, young people and adults have with the sport, and through these activities it brought together people from different walks of life, different age groups, without any gender and physical biases, to provide an opportunity to reminisce their favourite Olympic moments and promote the Olympic values.

Speaking on the occasion, Mohd. Mushtaque Ahmad, President, Hockey India, said, “The Olympic Day Celebration is a great way of strengthening the link that children and young adults already have with sport and it provides a great opportunity for people to get their first experience of the sporting culture which practices no caste, no creed, no economic or gender bias. Sport is a level playing field and Olympic Day Celebration aims to promote fitness, well-being, culture and education while also observing values of excellence, friendship and respect. It was indeed overwhelming to see various Hockey India Member Units commemorate the Olympic Day Celebrations digitally while being creative and innovative in their approach and also taking all necessary precautions to ensure social distancing and healthy living. I believe the theme for this year’s Olympic Day emphasized on maintaining our physical and mental well-being and staying indoors. On behalf of Hockey India, I send our warmest regards and gratitude to all our Member Units for promoting Olympic Day Celebrations with engaging initiatives even though we all are witnessing unprecedented tough times!”

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