Ashis Sinha I Bokaro: Bokaro Steel City is gearing up to commemorate the first anniversary of the debut on the global map as India’s first glorious Global Active Partner City under the aegis of the Global Active City (GAC), an important global event supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Last year in January Bokaro Steel City (Jharkhand) honored with the ‘Global Active Partner City’ (GAC) standard and become the first city in India and the second in Asia to get this place. After Karasiyaka in Turkey (the first city) Bokaro is the second city in Asia to get the prestigious standard.
Apart from Bokaro (in India) and Karasiyaka (Turkey), the other cities of the world– Buenos Aires (Argentina), Hamburg (Germany), Lillehammer (Norway), Liverpool (UK), Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Richmond (in British Columbia, Canada) are also in this list.
Under the ‘nucleus mission’ protected and supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Bokaro Steel City is connected to the Global Active Partner City (GAC) network. This nucleus project (through the IOC) is an attempt to give a new direction to the society by connecting Bokaro city under the Olympics in action so that residents of Bokaro district can be prepared in different areas through a healthy and functional environment, informed Jaideep Sarkar Lead Officer GAC Programme Bokaro Steel City.
The label, given by The Active Well-being Initiative, recognizes the effort cities make to offer residents opportunities to improve their physical well-being.
The GAC program was founded by Evaleo, a sustainable health association, and The Association For International Sport for All (TAFISA) with the support of the IOC.
The GAC label, which is supported by IOC, is awarded to cities having implemented a Physical Activity and Sport for All management system, improving governance and efficiency. It promotes cities that have succeeded in increasing participation in physical activity and sport, helping to tackle the growing levels of inactivity and non-communicable diseases, informed an official.
It is also important to stress the potential benefits of physical activity and sport beyond the fight against non-communicable diseases. Promoting mental health for all, social inclusion or more sustainable transportation solutions across the city and its surroundings is important, said the official.
“The high-profile recognition provided by the GAC label will enhance your city’s reputation locally, regionally, nationally and internationally,” he added.