From The Jordan Times
Kingdom to celebrate Olympic Day
By Roufan Nahhas
AMMAN — Jordan will join the world on Saturday in celebrating the Olympic Day with several activities to be held under the patronage of HRH Prince Feisal, president of the Jordan Olympic Committee (JOC). JOC General Secretary Abd Ghani Tabalat said at a press conference on Tuesday that this year's celebrations coincides with the United Nations call for a year of physical and sport education to all people from all walks of life.
“In addition to a total of 204 Olympic committees worldwide which will be celebrating this day, JOC will proudly inaugurate the first Olympic garden on Thursday near Petra Stadium at Al Hussein Sports City,” he said.
He added that the celebration will mark the launching of a new logo for the JOC.
“We are entering a new dawn of activities that is why we needed a new logo to accommodate the changes to the JOC,” he added.
The new logo comprises of a sketch of the Black Iris flower (the national wild flower of the Kingdom) coloured in red, black and green, nestled upon a star, topped with the five Olympic rings.
Tabalat added that JOC will be focusing more on an open sport strategy.
“We want everyone to enjoy the luxury of playing sport in the Kingdom because sports can teach so many things in life for all ages and for all people,” he said.
Head of the organising committee for the event, Rajai Nafa'a, said Saturday that JOC hopes to attract more than 6,000 people for the Olympic Day Run.
“The run will be a national call to all people interested in sports and to all those who support the Jordanian Olympic march,” he said.
“Participants will gather on Saturday morning at 8:30am at Al Hussein Sports City to welcome the Olympic Torch which will arrive at 9:30am,” he added.
He said that the event would be colourful and family-oriented.
“We will have the chance to award the best Jordanian athletes for the year 2004, some of whom are, Yasmeen Khair, Ayman Dueis, Faisal Ibrahim, Khaled Hassan and Faraj Darwish,” he said.
He added that the universal values of the Olympic spirit have always been friendship, unity, progress and harmony.
Friday-Saturday, July 1-2, 2005