Just a few months before the start of the upcoming Rio Olympic Games in Brazil, Camilo José Cela University (UCJC) hosts the first National Olympic Days on Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 March at the UCJC Madrid-Villafranca Campus. Over the two days, experts in the organisation of major sporting events took part, tackling different issues, such as Olympic women, the Paralympic dream, education and sport, sports bodies, fighting against doping and the role of the media. There was also a round table debate on the experience of hosting the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.
The days included distinguished guests such as Conrado Durántez Corral, President of the Spanish Olympic Committee’s Olympic Academy; Miguel Sagarra Gadea, General Secretary for the Spanish Paralympic Committee; Manuel Fonseca de la Llave, General Director for Sport of the Barcelona’92 Olympic Bid; Yolanda García Cuevas, Director of Sport for TVE and Luis Villarejo, Director of Sport for EFE.
Furthermore, top-level sports people and technical experts attended the event, representing all those who have been and will be the best ambassadors for sporting values. Sports people such as Albert Rocas (handball), Gerard Descarrega (Paraolympiad), Jesús Tortosa (taekwondo), Elisa Aguilar (basketball), Aitor Martínez (swimming), Luis Álvarez-Cervera (horse-riding) and José Javier Hombrados (handball) played a fundamental role over the course of the event that was organised the Camilo José Cela University ‘Marqués de Samaranch’ Olympic Chair that aims to raise awareness of Olympic ideals, beyond those strictly related to sport, which are bound to education and serve the peace and union between peoples.
A host of activities related to education and Olympic values
SEK Educational Group, parent company of Camilo José Cela University, kicks off a series of activities related to education and Olympic values to be held over these days. The Fair Play Festival was held on 14 April , where pupils from SEK International Schools take part in activities on Olympic values.
In addition, the exhibition Héroes del Deporte Español (Heroes of Spanish Sport) was held in May. This photographic exhibition marked the 75th anniversary of the Agencia EFE and included selected images of the Golden Age of Spanish sport. On 11 June the UCJC attempted to break a Madrid Region record, with over 500 people participating in an indoor cycling event simultaneously, the ‘Solo Pedales’ event.