Int’l Day of Sport for Development and Peace on Tuesday

ISLAMABAD: United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Sport for Development and Peace will be marked on April 6 across the globe including Pakistan to recognize the power of games in promoting peace and erasing cultural barriers worldwide.

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace will help promote healthy lifestyles.

On August 23, 2013, the UN proclaimed that the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace would be celebrated on April 6 each year. This date also marks the opening of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896.

It is the day when some of the world’s leading sports people work together with communities to bring sporting opportunities to enrich lives, particularly children as sport is a positive way of achieving goodwill, healthy competition and cooperation across all cultures.

The IOC and the UN have a long-standing commitment to use sports as a tool for social change and have worked together on many projects over the years.

Both organizations have used sporting events, such as the Olympic Games, to bridge cultural understanding and improve education, health, economic and social development.