More than 2,000 people participated in the Olympic Day Celebrations 2015
Students from 11 schools joined in the Olympic Day festivities at Jurong East Sports Centre. Photo: Samuel Chen
Singapore, 25 July 2015 – More than 2000 people of all ages, ethnicities and athletic abilities participated in the worldwide celebration of Olympic Day this morning with a fun family walk and try-outs of various Olympic Sports related activities at the Jurong East Sports Centre.
Guest-of-Honour Mr Tan Chuan Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development and the President of the Singapore National Olympic Council, flagged off the 1.8km walk at 8.40am.
Presented annually by the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) and McDonald’s, the Olympic Day Celebrations look to spread the Olympic ideals and values of excellence, friendship and respect, and encourage people of all athletic abilities to get active. This year’s Olympic Day Celebrations also coincide with the Singapore Youth Olympic Festival (SYOF) 2015 that will be held from 25 July to 2 August 2015.
“We are pleased to collaborate with McDonald’s for this year’s Olympic Day Celebrations. The Olympic Day Celebrations bring people of all ages and backgrounds together to keep active and embrace the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. This year, besides the Olympic sports-try out and carnival activities, participants will also get to support the participants at the Singapore Youth Olympic Festival. We hope everyone enjoy the activities and immerse in the celebration of Olympism in Singapore,” said Mr Chris Chan, Secretary-General of the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC).
“McDonald’s became an Official Sponsor of the Olympic Games in 1976 and has a long-standing commitment to the Olympic Movement. As the presenter of the Olympic Day Celebrations in Singapore since 2003, we have always supported the Olympic ideals of excellence, friendship and respect. We believe that this annual walk is a fun way that we can spread these Olympic ideals to the community we serve in Singapore!” said Mr Robert Hunghanfoo, Managing Director, McDonald’s Singapore.
Participants also had the chance to become “Olympians” for the day as they tried their hands on Archery, Football and Basketball. Other fringe activities including a Spot Art Competition and Sand Art Activity were also enjoyed by the participants.