The official launch of Olympism full circles initiative on 11th February 2022 at UOC headquarters in Lugogo, Kampala

The Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) officially launched the Olympism full circles Initiative at their headquarters in Lugogo, Kampala on Friday, 11th February 2022.

UOC president Dr. Donald Rukare graced the launch flanked by the UOC Olympic education, culture and legacy commission chairperson Ms Annet Nakamya as well as sports teachers.

This Initiative is a sport and education project of the UOC, inspired by the International Olympic committee (IOC) Olympic Values education Programme (OVEP).

For the sports activities, in every five events competed within an education theme, that implies a ‘ring’ closed, a full circle attained. ‘

A full circle’ is attained only upon completion of 5 activities which demonstrates an education Value.

“It is our hope that the intended target audience of students will find it useful and enable you, close the rings based on a solid foundation provided by this activity record book.” Dr. Rukare attested.

Full Circles seek to engage students and young people in Uganda to undertake 25 activities, 5 of each representing 1 of the 5 educational themes of Olympism which include; Joy of effort, fair play, practicing respect, pursuit of excellence and Balance between Body, will and mind.

Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) Culture and Olympic Education members with Sports Teachers pose for a group photo

The Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) is a proud member of the Olympic family and movement. In this regard one of the key strategic areas of our focus is the promoting of Olympism in Uganda. We have in this regard over the years held several promotional activities such as creation of Olympic debates. All these initiatives are aimed at creating more awareness of the Olympic values of respect, friendship and excellence especially amongst our athlete’s and youth. These values are life long and transformational in nature. We believe that one way of ensuring that Olympism becomes sustainably embedded in our lives is through engaging the active youth as a springboard into the wide Community. This will lead to Olympism for life. We are therefore happy through the Olympism full circles initiative spearheaded by our Olympic education and culture commission to launch the Olympism full circles – activity record book and guidelines. This activity book is a rich educational tool that highlights how to practically activate the Olympic values.

Dr. Donald Rukare, President Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC)

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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