Doha, 24 June 2020 - The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) celebrated the Olympic Day 2020, which falls on June 23 of each year, the date when the International Olympic Committee was created in 1894.
The Olympic Day of this year was celebrated, remotely, by exercising with some of the best athletes in the world on social media platforms in light of the exceptional circumstance the world is going through, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The QOC, along with the rest of the National Olympic Committees, participated during the Olympic Day 2020 in the campaign of the International Olympic Committee to promote Olympic and sports activities that were launched last March under the slogan "Stay healthy, Stay strong, Stay active".
HE President of the Qatar Olympic Committee Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani stressed that QOC is keen to celebrate the Olympic Day annually within the framework of celebrating the anniversary of the founding of the International Olympic Committee, and to spread the principles and values of the Olympic movement, which aims to encourage all groups of society to practice sports activities.
His Excellency added that the celebration of this year's Olympic Day was different from previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, without this constituting an obstacle to achieving the desired goals.
For his part, HE Secretary-General of the Qatar Olympic Committee Jassim bin Rashid Al Buenain said that the celebration of the Olympic Day 2020 remotely reflects the importance of this day and its mission aimed at enhancing awareness of the importance of exercise and its role in the lives of individuals and societies.
HE Al Buenain pointed out that the Olympic Day also falls within the framework of many community activities and programs that the Qatar Olympic Committee organizes annually in an effort to spread the Olympic principles and broaden participation among members of society.
Squash champion Abdullah Al Tamimi also expressed his happiness at participating in the Olympic Day 2020, and said that the participation of athletes from all over the world on the Olympic Day this year enhances its importance and inspires everyone to follow their example and exercise because of its great importance to public health.
For his part, Mohamed Al Rumaihi, a Qatari shooter who qualified for the Olympic Games said that the Olympic Day contributes to enhancing awareness of the importance of practicing sports and spreading the principles and values of the Olympic Movement among the various groups of society.