Thank you, Mr Speaker, for granting me this opportunity to deliver this short Statement on the occasion of
the International Olympic Day, which falls on 22nd June, 2013, that is tomorrow.
On behalf of Parliament and the Speaker, it is my pleasure to congratulate the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on the occasion of its anniversary.
This is, perhaps, the most fitting place to commemorate the event, that brings the world together today, even in the midst of the current political turbulence being experienced by other countries.
The International Olympic Day is very significant, in that, Olympic Games provide a unique opportunity for athletes all over the world to compete in various sporting disciplines. Everybody feels proud of, and wants to actively participate in Olympic Games, in view of its prestige and living legacies. Apart from its competitive nature, it also promotes healthy living and forges friendship among participating individuals as well as nations.
For us as Ghanaians, the Olympic Games symbolise the renewal and strengthening of our relationship with the rest of the world, thus putting Ghana on the world map. It is in the light of this that I call on the Government and other stakeholders to pay attention to athletics and other lesser-known sports, to enable Ghana, not only participate, but also win medals in Olympic Games.
Mr Speaker, while celebrating the International Olympic Day, it is worth noting that the success of Olympic Games has thrived on the strong partnerships among public institutions, private entities and civic associations. The lesson we can learn from the success story of the Olympic Games, as a country, is that a strong collaboration among the Govern-
ment, the private sector and the civil society, is key to the development of the sports sector and the country as a whole. We are therefore, encouraging, in particular private entities to support the efforts of Government in promoting the development of various sports disciplines in the country.
Let me just say that we, as Members of Parliament (MPs), are delighted to have the opportunity to join in the celebration of this anniversary with the world at large.
Mr Speaker, I would like to say that we really appreciate all the efforts the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) and the Government of Ghana are making to foster our bonds and promote the exchange of knowledge, especially in the field of sports and Olympic heritage.
The theme for this year's celebration thus: ‘Come, Join the Olympic Family and Let's Celebrate the Day' could not have come at any better time than now.
I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate our Black Stars on their victories in Sudan and Lesotho. These victories go a long way to ensure that the dream of every Ghanaian to see the Black Stars qualify once again to the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 remains on course, and gradually, we are getting there.
Thank you, Mr Speaker, for this opportunity.