Nita Ambani on the launch of OVEP
Earlier this year, Ms Ambani led a delegation for India’s bid to host the IOC Session in 2023, where India won unanimous rights after a 40-year hiatus. The IOC Session in India marks a new era in the history of Indian sport, giving a boost to India’s ultimate Olympic aspirations with a sports ecosystem in the country that would encourage and empower young people to hone their skills and to bring global laurels. Ms. Ambani is a member of several Olympic Movement Commissions and OVEP, which falls under Olympic Education, is particularly close to her heart as it helps to instil the fundamental Olympic values in children.
“India is a land of great opportunities and endless possibilities,” said IOC Member Nita Ambani. “We have over 250 million children in our schools, brimming with talent and potential. They are the champions of tomorrow, the future of our nation. Only a small number of children in the world can become Olympians, but every child can be touched by the ideals of Olympism. That’s OVEP’s mission, and that’s what makes it a huge opportunity for India. As we prepare to host the IOC Session 2023 in Mumbai next year, I look forward to further strengthening the Olympic Movement in our country.”
Ms. Ambani further thanked the government of Odisha for its continued support for India’s Olympic dream and grassroots development. She said, “Under the visionary leadership of Shri Patnaik ji, through increased investment and dedicated efforts, Odisha has become a hub of India’s sporting ambitions. The state is actively creating a holistic ecosystem for sport that provides top quality training and infrastructure for our young athletes.
The Olympic Culture and Heritage Foundation (olympics.com), which runs the OVEP program for the IOC, will organize training sessions for “master coaches” appointed by the State of Odisha, as well as coaches from the ‘ABFT, who in turn will launch -Begin the program with focus groups from eight to ten schools across the state. Orientation sessions will be held for head teachers, education and sports officers and other core group members involved in the project.
Olympic Values Education Programme: The Olympic Values Education Program is a series of free and accessible educational resources created by the IOC, to complement school curricula using the context of Olympic sports and the Fundamental Principles of Olympism . Participants are encouraged to experience values-based learning and take responsibility for good citizenship. OVEP communicates the long-term benefits of sport and physical activity through an understanding of Olympism and its impact on individual health, enjoyment and social interaction. https://olympics.com/ioc/education/olympic-values-education-programme