The Ivory Coast NOC made donations and held sporting activities to mark Olympic Day ©Ivory Coast NOC

The Ivory Coast National Olympic Committee (NOC) has made donations to schools as part of their Olympic Day initiative.

Officials from the organisation and Olympic athletes participated at an event in the Akouédo-village school centre.

Several sporting activities were arranged for children.

The NOC donated 250 handwashing kits to the Cocody-Akouédo pre-school and primary education department.

Buckets with taps and 750 containers of hand sanitiser were also donated.

Ivory Coast NOC vice-president Lucien Kouakou said the donations came as part of solidarity efforts in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

All pupils and their carers taking part in the activities at the school centre were presented with Olympic Day masks and t-shirts.

Two-time World Championship silver medal winning sprinter Marie-Josée Ta Lou was among the athletes to participate in the activities.

Sprint star Marie-Josée Ta Lou supported the activities ©Getty Images
Sprint star Marie-Josée Ta Lou supported the activities ©Getty Images

Judoka Koné Roméo and three-time Paralympic athletics champion Koné Oumar were also present.

Olympic Day is celebrated every year on June 23, to mark the date in 1894 when Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee in Paris.

However, many countries hold their celebratory events on other dates.

This year, a lot of the celebrations have taken place online due to the coronavirus pandemic.