Nita Ambani on the launch of OVEP

OVEP-based projects and activities help address the global challenges of sedentary lifestyles, lack of concentration and school dropout among adolescents.

Mumbai: IOC Member Ms. Nita Ambani welcomed the launch of India’s first “Olympic Values ​​Education Programme” (OVEP) by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today in Odisha, stressing that the OVEP combines the two powers of education and sport to inculcate the core values ​​of Olympism. OVEP is a practical set of resources designed by the IOC to introduce young people to the Olympic values ​​of excellence, respect and friendship. The program aims to spread this values-based curriculum to help children grow into active, healthy and responsible citizens. A landmark initiative of the Indian Olympic movement, the launch of the OVEP is part of the prestigious IOC Session 2023.

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.”

OVEP was officially launched by Honorable Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik, IOC Member, Ms. Nita Ambani, IOC Education Commission Chairperson, Mikaela Cojuangco Jaworski, Olympian and Athletes’ Commission Member of the IOC, Abhinav Bindra and President of the Indian Olympic Association. (AIO) Narinder Batra. OVEP will be integrated into the school education system of Odisha. The program is developed in partnership with the Department of School and Mass Education, Government of Odisha and Abhinav Bindra Foundation Trust.

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.

Notably, the Reliance Foundation works closely with the Government of Odisha for the Odisha Reliance Foundation Athletics High-Performance Center (HPC). Two HPC Reliance Foundation athletes – Jyothi Yarraji and Amlan Borgohain, have broken national records and won medals at international sporting events over the past month. Jyothi, had a phenomenal run, first breaking a 19-year-old national record and then bettering his own record in the next event. With this feat, Jyothi won AFI qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games, underscoring that the future of Indian sports is in good hands.
About OVEP-Odisha Program: OVEP-based projects and activities help address the global challenges of sedentary lifestyles, lack of concentration and school dropout among adolescents. The resources and toolkits are designed to empower young people to enjoy and learn from physical activity and build lifelong social, cognitive and physical skills. In its first year, the program aims to reach 32,000 children enrolled in 90 schools in the cities of Bhubaneswar and Rourkela and when in full swing it will reach around 7 million children. Odisha State intends to introduce OVEP to all its schools and colleges in a phased manner, allowing its young population to truly embrace the Olympic values.

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

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