Jakarta (ANTARA) - Over 1,500 participants took part in in the Olympic Day celebration held at the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Stadium area, Senayan, Jakarta, Chairman of the Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI/NOC Indonesia) Raja Sapta Oktohari said here on Sunday.

"Today we finally can celebrate Olympic Day 2022. Every year this activity should be celebrated and the Olympic Movement in Indonesia should be promoted, but unfortunately there is COVID-19 pandemic after its inauguration. And finally it can be organized (for the first time) today," he told reporters at the GBK East Plaza.

He said he was proud of the enthusiasm of the Indonesian people in celebrating Olympic Day. Various activities were carried out, such as zumba, fun runs, and reallocation of silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics, England for former Indonesian lifter Citra Febrianti.

Citra is entitled to a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics after the two athletes above her were tested positive for doping by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on October 25, 2018.

"Thank you to the organizers and all of them (who are involved), so that more than 1,500 participants can join this activity," he said.

Witnessing the enthusiasm of the Indonesian people, he said NOC Indonesia plans to celebrate the next edition of Olympic Day simultaneously in Indonesia.

"We will continue and provide opportunities for other regions to hold the same activity. Because this Olympic Day is attended by Olympians who are ambassadors for the Olympic movement," he remarked.

"Olympic Movement is our role in educating the public regarding Olympic values," he added.

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