For the first time since 2019, the BVI Olympic Committee (BVIOC) will be hosting its third free annual Sports Festival at the A.O. Shirley Recreation Ground on Saturday, June 25.

This was confirmed by the BVIOC in a media statement that said the free event will mark Olympic Day which is annually recognised on June 23.

“This will be the first time that we have been able to host the Sports Festival since COVID-19 impacted community activity and we are excited to return to what is a great day that celebrates Olympic Day and brings people together in a unified focus of sport in friendship and fun,” stated the President of the BVIOC Mr. Ephraim Penn.

He added, “This is a timely event that provides an opportunity for the public to come out as friends, get moving and discover a sport that suits their interests, uncovers natural talent and hopefully will ignite a healthy new habit and passion for life while combating the potential onset of non-communicable diseases!”

A wide range of sporting disciplines

The BVIOC also gave some insight into the expected activities that will be available for all interested participants.

“The morning will feature interactive stations set up by National Sporting Federations with opportunities for everybody of all ages and abilities to try out a sport. Adults and children alike will be able to test their skills and find out more about archery, athletics, basketball, football, rugby, sailing, softball/baseball, taekwondo, tennis and volleyball with a view to finding a sport to get active with in their daily lives. Each National Federation will also be able to provide information and sign up for summer camps for children,” the BVIOC explained.

In addition, the Committee said that Doping Control Officers will be present during the festival to explain the topic of anti-doping in sports.

Major activities to occur prior to the festival

The BVIOC also revealed that a number of big sporting events will be taking place prior to the festival next Saturday, which will be accessible to the public.

“The BVI Athletics Association will host the National Youth and Senior Championships on Saturday, June 18 at the A.O. Shirley Recreation Ground; the BVI Squash Rackets Association is hosting the largest caliber Professional Squash Association international tournament of the territory to date at the Tortola Sports Club from June 21 – 25; and the BVI Rugby Football Union is hosting a junior rugby game followed by a Senior 15s match on Friday, June 24 also at the A.O. Shirley Recreation Ground,” stated the BVIOC.

Peace to be promoted

The BVIOC further disclosed that this year, the International Olympic Committee has added a new Olympic pillar that promotes peace.

It said, “Identified on social media with the hashtag #MoveForPeace, Olympic Day encourages the community to get active and move together for a better world by practicing sustainability, inclusion, solidarity and peace.”