As Monday marks the second anniversary of International Day of Sports for Development and Peace, Somali Olympic Committee with its affiliates and ministry of youth and sports has honoured the day with the purpose of highlighting the power of sport for social change and encouraging community to remove the barriers that divides them.
The deputy minister of Youth and Sports, deputy mayor
of Mogadishu, Somali Olympic Committee President, presidents of national
federations and associations, former professionals, other distinguished guests
and More than 1000 athletes, students
and supporters, were gathered at the only functioning football stadium in the
capital, Banadir Stadium, to celebrate the IDSDP and to advocate for building a
better future for Somali youth through sports.
General Secretary of NOCSOM Duran Farah who started to
address the gathering underlined the
importance of the day and the role sports can play promoting a much required peace
to Somali society.
"Let me take this opportunity to thank everyone who has
contributed to this unforgettable day. Olympic family around the world are
celebrating the International Day of Sports for Development and Peace to highlight how sports can
contribute to the wellbeing of the public and can be used as a tool for peace
building. This year Somali Olympic Committee and its member federations and
associations have managed to combine the international day with Somali Athletes
day to form a memorable day for our athletes who have given everything for our
country and admire their input towards the growth and development of Somali
sports”. Said Secretary General of NOCSOM
Senior vice president of Somali Football Federation Ali
Abdi Mohamed known as Ali Shino has expressed his appreciation towards both IDSDP
and Somali Athletes day and mentioned that all of 25 registered football Clubs
are at the Stadium to show solidarity and vowed to continue supporting Somali
Olympic Committee’s efforts to value the Nation’s athletes.
Ahmed Abas Busuri who represented Somalia as a
footballer in early eighties has on behalf of Somali athletes praised Somali Olympic
Committee and its colleagues for marking 6th of April as Somali Athletes Day
and urged all former and current athletes to be part of this remembrance as
well as continuing contributing towards building a better society.
President of Somali Olympic Committee Abdullahi ahmed
Tarabi has outlined the significance of IDSDP, how sports can transform lives
and smash the differences among people.
"Athletes are the backbone of sports as a whole
and for Somali Sports in particular and I would like to take this opportunity
to thank you all for the role that you have played in invigorating our sport
and is our duty as NOCSOM to respect that. In addition to this we are also celebrating
with our international friends the International Day of Sports for Development
and Peace which has been declared at the UN General Assembly in 2013. This decision
has been a clear realisation of the power of sports and how it can be used as a
tool to foster a healthy lifestyle and to build a peaceful community".
Said the president
The vibrant event was concluded by the deputy minister
of Somali Youth and Sports ministry Osman Aden Dhubow who similarly to previous
speakers pay tribute to Somali Olympic Committee and its colleagues for
organizing such a magnificent festival.
"I am very
excited to celebrate with you today at this historic occasion. Sports can play
a vital role for our government's plan to bring our people together and free
from its difference. As a ministry we will do everything in our capability to
support you and I am certain that together we will be able to empower youth and
create public unity among the young generation through sports". The deputy
minister of Somali Sports and youth ministry wrapped up the commemoration of ISDPD
here in Mogadishu, Somalia.