The British Embassy in Bucharest and the Policy Center for Roma and Minorities, with support from the Bucharest no. 5 district hall, will celebrate on Wednesday 27 July the one-year countdown to the official opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games. They will host an event dedicated to sports and culture in a deprived area of the Ferentari district.
An estimated 600 people, both children and parents, will be welcome on the occassion to join the demonstrative games and competitions in basketball, football, fencing and boxing on Aleea Livezilor – the area will be cornered off to allow only pedestrians between 10:00-13:00 – and in the nearby sports hall of the public school no. 136 (Prelungirea Ferentari no. 68, district no.5).
Children attending the school’s Alternative Education Club, supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Bucharest, the Soros Foundation in Romania, the European Commission and the Roma Education Fund, will perform a play directed by the Roma actor Sorin Sandu, a street dance performance co-produced by Trouble Crew, and a musical improvisation workshop under the mentorship of musician Damian Draghici (well-known interpreter and winner of a Grammy award in 2006, and also Ambassador for Volunteering). Those interested are invited to join short lessons in English language.
‘Olympic Games are coming to Ferentari’ is an event supported by the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee and the federations of basketball, football, fencing and boxing. The Mayor of district no. 5 Marian Vanghelie and famous Romanian sportspeople, including olympic medallists Laura Badea, Violeta Beclea and Ionela Târlea will join on us on the occasion. Access for the general public and for the mass media will be free.
In preparation of the event, British Ambassador Martin Harris commented:
‘London 2012 aims to reach out to the young hearts across the world and connect everybody to the energy of the Games, so that people feel the drive to lead an active life. Sports for all, the motto of next year’s Olympic Games in the UK, is brought to life in London as well as here, in one of the more poverty-stricken neighbourhoods of Bucharest’.
The London 2012 Olympic Games will be held in London 27th July until the 12th August. The Paralympic Games are scheduled for 29th August to 9th September. London has hosted the Olympic Games twice before in 1908 and 1948.
London 2012 is equivalent to a simultenous hosting of world championships at 26 olympic and 20 paralympic disciplines. More than 50 countries will send their olympic teams to London and more than 4 billion people worlwide are expected to watch the Games next year. More information can be found on the official London 2012 web page.