Inauguration of Olympic Day Run 2009
The Olympic Day Run organised by the Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) held amidst fanfare and enthusiasm in the capital and five other divisional headquarters on Tuesday.
About five thousand people of different ages including women and children took part in the annual event.
The three-day programme taken by BOA to uplift the virtues - Move, Learn, Discover - to mark the Olympic Day 2009 came to an end with completion of the Day Run.
Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhit and State Minister for Youth and Sports Ahad Ali Sarkar were present at the opening ceremony.
BOA Vice President Mizanur Rahman Manu, Secretary General Kutubuddin Ahmed, Coca Cola Far East Limited Country Manager Debasish Dev, Exim Bank Director Nurul Fazal Bulbul, The Blazer BD Managing Director Kazi Rajibuddin Ahmed Chapal and other BOA members were also present on the occasion.
The Day Run started from Ramna Tennis Complex and terminated at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) after passing through Engineers Institute, Foreign Ministry, Press Club, Baitul Mokkaram and National Sports Council areas.
Band show and cultural programmes were also arranged to give extra colour to the occasion at the BNS.
To mark the Olympic Day, the BOA also arranged a voluntary blood donation programme on the NSC Tower premises with the participation of large number of donors.
On the first day (Sunday) of the 3-day BOA programme, a seminar was held at the NSC conference room titled - Present Condition of Bangladesh Sports and the Way to Progress, with the participation of Olympians, national sports award winners, and some veteran athletes.
On the 2nd day (Monday), the BOA arranged a painting competition for children in three age groups -- Under-9, Under-12 and Under-16 -- at the NSC conference room in the afternoon.
State Minister for Youth and Sports Ahad Ali Sarkar distributed prizes among the winners of the drawing competition.