Over 150 children celebrate the International Day of Sport with the World long jump champion Ivana Spanovic
More than 150 children aged between six to ten years took part in a manifestation called ″Choose sports – believe in your inner champion“. The manifestation was organized ahead of the 6th International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, by the Novak Djokovic Foundation in cooperation with the Athletic Union of Serbia and Sports Association of people with disabilities of Belgrade. The best Serbian athlete and World long jump champion, Ivana Spanovic, opened up the event at the Athletic arena in Belgrade.
″Thanks to sport, I am standing here in front of you today and have the opportunity to address all of you future champions! I would like to give you my support to continue working hard and diligently during your training towards fulfillment of your goals. Also to recommend all of you that perhaps still do not practice sports, to choose sports as it is always the right choice. You will learn many valuable lessons that will mean a great deal to you later on in your lives. You will develop yourselves in the healthy manner. The important thing is that you enjoy yourselves at the training, to socialize and play games with your friends. That kind of relation will enable you to learn a great deal about working, discipline, will power, desire and faith. Do not to give up after defeat and learn to become even stronger in difficult times. Use every next opportunity that you have to fight and show that you are the best“, Ivana said.
The elementary school pupils from Belgrade took part in many motor exercises at the various polygons. These exercises are of great importance for adequate growth and development. Apart from pointing out to importance of doing sports and physical activity, the idea behind this gathering was also for the youngest to learn how to be a part of the team, how to win and how to show respect to their opponent.
″Sports has a huge influence on forming of their personalities apart from its role in adequate physical development of our youngest. It teaches them how to be self-confident, diligent, persistent and above all fair. Our objective is for as many kids as possible to pick up and dedicate themselves to some sports discipline. Nowadays, it is particularly difficult to do this especially when the technology seems to occupy their main attention. However, with the support and aid of the right people, we persevere and do not give up in our mission. We rehabilitate and reconstruct school yards and play grounds of elementary schools and kindergartens every year thus forming optimal conditions for our youngest generations. Our co-founder Novak Djokovic provides us with huge support as the best athlete of the world through his message on how sport brings peace to the world“, stated the national director of Novak Djokovic Foundation Maja Kremic.
The director of the Athletic Union of Serbia Slobodan Brankovic emphasized that such event sends out a very important and positive message.
“As an institution which has existed for 70 years now, our goal was to always take as many children as possible to the right path, through sports and cultivation of good values. It is a great honor to be here with you today and to support the Novak Djokovic Foundation. I hope that you will have a wonderful day at the Athletic arena“ said Slobodan Brankovic.
Members of the Sports Association of people with disabilities showed at this year’s event that everyone is equal in sports and that there are no obstacles for those who want something strong enough.
“We will remember this day as the beginning of a beautiful partnership. We will all keep fighting for every child, their proper development, a quality childhood and an equal place in society,” said Aleksandar Vujcic, professional associate of the Sports Association of people with disabilities in Belgrade.
Coaches of three major domestic athletics teams – Red Star, Partizan and Vozdovac created the exercises just for this occasion. The Sports day was also supported by Aqua Viva, while the program was hosted by famous Serbian acctress Borka Tomovic.
In 2013, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared April 6 to be the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace in honor of the first modern Olympic Games held in Athens in 1896. Before adopting the resolution on behalf of all sports people, Novak Djokovic wholeheartedly supported the idea that sports should be recognized as a special activity in the interest of international peace and development.