ISLAMABAD: The British High Commission (HC) invited 29 children from a number of schools on Thursday to celebrate ‘Sports for All’, promoting the values of the Olympic and Paralympic Games: respect, excellence, friendship, courage, determination, inspiration and equality.
The children were shown a short inspirational video on the London Olympics 2012, created paintings to represent Olympic values to promote sport as something that is open to everyone no matter their background, gender, race or if they have a disability.
Part of the UK’s 2012 Legacy programme is to deliver an innovative global sports programme called International Inspirations that is aimed at youngsters, the Olympic Truce resolution, which earlier all 193 members of the UN General Assembly unanimously sponsored this week. The aspiration for this programme in Pakistan is for at least 1 million youngsters to have access to high quality and inclusive sport.
On the occasion, Deputy High Commissioner Alison Blake said, “I want to thank these children and their teachers for giving their all today and for producing some excellent pictures that truly represent the Olympic values.
Blake said the vision for the London 2012 Games and the Olympic Truce is focused on youngsters and giving them a voice. Sport is one of those forces that can offer real hope. He said we want to harness the opportunity the Olympics 2012 London present to bring about a change in the way people think, feel and behave, especially towards disability and disability sport to create a more open and inclusive society.
Blake said that the 2012 London Games were not just about inspirational performances from the world’s greatest athletes; they were not just about memorable and spectacular Games and showcasing UK; they were about the people of Britain welcoming the world, and they were about millions of people from across the globe coming together to share in an unforgettable experience.
With less than 300 days to go, I want to use this opportunity to encourage people around the world to be part of the games. The BHC would continue to work with people to bring the 2012 London Games to Pakistan, Blake added.The news.