On June 23 every year, World Olympics Day is celebrated around the globe to spread the importance of sports in one’s life and to spread Olympic ideals to every corner of the world. On World Olympic day, thousands of young and old people participate in sporting activities, such as runs, exhibitions, music, and educational seminars around the globe.
How the day came into existence?
In 1940 and 1944, the summer Olympics were canceled due to World War II. In 1947, During the 41st Session of the International Olympic Committee in Stockholm, Doctor Gruss (IOC member in Czechoslovakia) introduced a report on the world Olympic day celebration. His idea was to promote the Olympic ideal across the world.
In January 1948, the proposal was adopted on the occasion of the 42nd IOC Session in St Moritz. The National Olympic Committees were asked to decide the date for the world Olympic day between 17 and 24 June and the committees were also responsible for organizing events in their respective countries.
To celebrate the foundation of the International Olympic Committee at the Sorbonne, Paris, on 23 June 1894, the date was decided to be 23 June. Since that day, the world celebrates Olympic day on 23 June every year which aims to educate individuals through sports participation which requires a spirit of friendship, solidarity, and fair play.
The first Olympic Day
The first Olympic Day was celebrated on 23 June 1948. Sigfrid Edström (IOC President at that time) conveyed the importance of the day to the whole world. The first Olympic day was celebrated by Portugal, Switzerland, Great Britain, Greece, Austria, Canada, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Belgium.
Olympic Day Run
In the past 20 years, Olympic Day has been associated with Olympics day runs across the globe. Olympic Day Run was first launched in 1987. It was introduced to encourage Olympic day and to promote the practice of mass sport by all National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in their respective countries. In the first edition of 1987, there were 45 NOCs and the number has grown to more than a hundred participating NOCs.
Recent development in World Olympic Day
In recent years, the day has grown more than a run or a sports event. The National Olympic Committees are spreading sports, cultural and educational activities based on three pillars “move”, “learn” and “discover”. The activities are encouraged in every age group regardless of age, gender, social background, or sporting ability.