The OVEP, launched by the IOC, is a set of resources designed by the IOC to introduce young people to the Olympic values of excellence, respect and friendship. The programme aims to disseminate this values-based curriculum to help children become active, healthy and responsible citizens. A landmark initiative in India’s Olympic movement, the launch of OVEP comes as a build-up to the prestigious IOC 2023 Session.
The OVEP was officially launched by Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik, IOC Member Nita Ambani, IOC Education Commission Chair Mikaela Cojuangco Jaworski, Olympian and member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission Abhinav Bindra, and President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Narinder Batra.
OVEP will be integrated into the school education system of Odisha. The programme is being developed in partnership with the Department of School and Mass Education, the Government of Odisha and the Abhinav Bindra Foundation Trust.
Nita Ambani further thanked the Odisha Government for their continued support of India’s Olympic dream and grassroots development.
“Through increased investments and dedicated efforts, Odisha has become a hub of India’s sporting ambitions. The state is actively creating a holistic ecosystem for sport, which provides top quality training and infrastructure to our young athletes,” she was quoted as saying in a release by Reliance Foundation.
Notably, Reliance Foundation works closely with the Odisha Government for the Odisha Reliance Foundation Athletics High-Performance Center (HPC). Two Reliance Foundation athletes from the HPC — Jyothi Yarraji and Amlan Borgohain — broke national records and bagged medals at international athletic events over the past month.