SOMALIA / SPORTS FOR PEACE

06-Apr-2018 00:03:26
Dozens of youth hit the pavement in the Somali capital today, taking part in the city’s first mini-marathon in decades to mark the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. UNSOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / SPORTS FOR PEACE
TRT: 03:26
SOURCE: UNSOM
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LANGUAGE: SOMALI / NATS
DATELINE: 06 APRIL 2018, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, starting check point of the Mogadishu mini marathon
2. Med shot, participants at the starting point of the race
3. Close up, a participant presenting at the marathon race
4. Wide shot, the participants take off at the starting point of the marathon race
5. Various shots, participants compete during the race
6. Close up, a participant races to the finish line during the race
7. Various shots, participants race to the finish line during the race
8. Various shots, participants gather at the finishing check point
9. SOUNDBITE (SOMALI) Khadija Mohamed Diriye, Minister of Youth and Sports:
“This is the second time we are celebrating sports day since I assumed office. This is an important day. It is the sports day for peace and development. It coincided with our national sports day and the launching of nation-wide sports project to promote and advance peace and development through sports.”
10. Wide shot, participants present during the marathon race
11. SOUNDBITE (SOMALI) Abdirhaman Omar Osman ‘Yarisow’, Mayor of Mogadishu:
“I would like to tell our young people that peace is in our hands and we can create development. If we come together, work together, cooperate with another, work towards the common good, our unity and solidarity will be unshakeable. We can achieve anything. Whoever had doubt that we cannot hold such a marathon in Mogadishu, here we are doing it. Let this day be an eye opener and awake up call for all peace-loving Somalis.”
12. Med shot, some of the participants who did well are awarded with medals
13. Wide shot, some of the participants who did well are awarded with medals
14. SOUNDBITE (SOMALI) Abdi Bile Abdi, Somali Athlete:
“Our young people deserve everything. Support to our youth should not only come from the Ministry of youth and sports. They need the collective support of the government and everyone else. Our youth are our future and they need our unwavering support, to protect them from any harm so that they become productive and useful members of the society tomorrow.”
15. Close up,the winner of the race is awarded with a medal
16. SOUNDBITE (SOMALI) Ali iidow Hassan, Winner of Mogadishu Marathon:
“I am very happy I have won this marathon. I wouldn’t have achieved this without the support of the Somali Olympic and my trainers. They believed in me and encouraged me to work hard. I would like to be like Abdi Bile Abdi and Mo Farah and achieve great things.”
STORYLINE
Dozens of youth hit the pavement in the Somali capital today, taking part in the city’s first mini-marathon in decades to mark the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

The four-kilometre race, which took place on some of Mogadishu’s main roads amid sweltering conditions, was organised by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports to promote peace and unity among youth.

While mainly attracting young competitors, the event also brought together people from all walks of life, including sports enthusiasts, professional and amateur athletes, and spectators.

Those in attendance included one of the country’s best-known and revered athletes, Abdi Bile Abdi, who won the 1500-metre races at the World Championships in Athletics in Rome in 1987 and the International Association of Athletics Federations’ World Cup championship two years later.

SOUNDBITE (SOMALI) Abdi Bile Abdi, Somali Athlete:

“Our youth are our future and they need our unwavering support, to protect them from any harm so that they become productive and useful members of the society tomorrow.”

The retired athlete also represented Somalia in the 1500-metre track event at the 1996 Summer Olympics in the U.S. city of Atlanta.

Speaking before the start of the race, Somalia’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Khadija Mohamed Diriye, cited Mr. Bile as an example for participants, especially the younger ones, to emulate.

SOUNDBITE (SOMALI) Khadija Mohamed Diriye, Minister of Youth and Sports:
“This is the second time we are celebrating sports day since I assumed office. This is an important day. It is the sports day for peace and development. It coincided with our national sports day and the launching of nation-wide sports project to promote and advance peace and development through sports.”

In remarks delivered at the end of the event, Mogadishu’s Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman, also known as ‘Yarisow,’ urged Somali youth to embrace activities such as sports for the benefits it can have for both individuals and Somali society.


SOUNDBITE (SOMALI) Abdirhaman Omar Osman ‘Yarisow’, Mayor of Mogadishu:
“I would like to tell our young people that peace is in our hands and we can create development. If we come together, work together, cooperate with another, work towards the common good, our unity and solidarity will be unshakeable. We can achieve anything. Whoever had doubt that we cannot hold such a marathon in Mogadishu, here we are doing it. Let this day be an eye opener and awake up call for all peace-loving Somalis.”

The top three places in the mini-marathon were taken, respectively, by Ali Iidow Hassan, Mohamed Muhidin Yalahow and Abdisalam Mohamed Ahmed – all of whom are members of Somalia’s national football team.

SOUNDBITE (SOMALI) Ali iidow Hassan, Winner of Mogadishu Marathon:
“I am very happy I have won this marathon. I wouldn’t have achieved this without the support of the Somali Olympic and my trainers. They believed in me and encouraged me to work hard. I would like to be like Abdi Bile Abdi and Mo Farah and achieve great things.”

As well as taking place on the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, today’s race also coincided with Somalia’s National Sports Day.

Sport is acknowledged by the United Nations as a tool for social progress, that can be used to inspire youth to engage in peacebuilding and development activities in countries that have experienced conflict such as Somalia. In 2013, the United Nations set aside 6 April as the date to mark the International Day, which aims to promote goodwill and positive social outcomes through sports achievements.
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