Edo State Celebrates 2023 Olympic Day

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The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, on Saturday led more than 200 runners to observe the 2023 Olympic Day celebration Run, which kicked off at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City.

Shaibu was joined by officials of the Edo Sports Commission to observe the international exercise. The run started from the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City through Akenzua Road to Plymouth Road, Ring Road, Oba Market to Ekhuan and rounded off at the stadium.

The annual event, organised by the State Sports Commission, attracted participants from various sports segments in the state.

Delivering the message of the President, International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, Shaibu highlighted the benefits of sporting activities, which he said included mental and physical health for humans. Shaibu urged people to always spare time for sporting activities daily.

“Today, we are remembering the creation of the Olympic Day Movement with the theme ‘Let’s Move’ by its Founder, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who wanted to make the world a better place through sports,” Shaibu said.

“This is why the Olympic Day run is always a perfect opportunity to get up and move. When we do sports, it keeps our mind and body stronger and healthy. When we do sports, it inspires us to always put in our best and it gives us joy, and brings us together.”

“So, as we celebrate this year’s Olympic Day, I want to urge all of us, no matter how little it is, just take a walk round your house, do some exercise and when you do that, your health obviously will improve,” he added.