23 Jun, 2020

International Olympic Day

Every year, on June 23, international Olympic day is celebrated around the world, in memory of the revival of the Olympic movement in its modern form.

The idea of establishing a special holiday dedicated to the Olympic movement around the world, and which would allow people to learn about the basic Olympic principles, was first voiced at the 41st session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Stockholm in 1947, and a year later at the 42nd session of the IOC in St. Moritz, this project was officially approved.

The historical background for choosing the date of the holiday was the following event. In June 1894, Paris hosted the international athletic Congress on physical education, which was attended by representatives of 12 countries. On June 23, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, an enthusiast for the revival of the Olympic movement, presented his report. In it, he introduced the audience to the organizational foundations of the Olympic games that he developed.

The Congress approved the proposal of Baron Pierre de Coubertin to revive the tradition of ancient Greek Olympiads in order to hold “competitive games every four years with an invitation to all Nations to participate in them”.

This memorable date was chosen for the celebration of the International Olympic day, and its purpose was to promote sports around the world and involve everyone in the sports movement, regardless of age, gender or sports skills and abilities.

The games of the first Olympiad of modern times were held in 1896 in Greece, when medals were awarded in 9 sports among 241 athletes from 14 countries. More than a century later, about 11,000 athletes and officials from 202 countries took part in the 2004 Olympic games in Greece. Medals were awarded in 28 sports

The Olympic Charter States that the Olympic movement aims to educate young people through sport in a spirit of better understanding and friendship, thus contributing to the creation of a better and more peaceful world.

All the most famous athletes consider their career, no matter how successful it may be, incomplete without an Olympic medal. Without a doubt, Olympic Champions are the pride of every country.

Unfortunately, in recent years, politics has increasingly interfered with and affected the Olympic movement. And although political scandals began to shake the Olympics during the lifetime of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, despite all his efforts, it is in the 21st century that politics is increasingly winning, despite common sense and the entire idea of the existence of the Olympic movement itself.

On the Olympic day itself, national Olympic committees hold sports events in different countries, the most popular of which is a mass race (for different distances, depending on the age and training of participants), designed to promote mass sports; as well as various cultural and educational events: sports seminars, Olympic lessons for children, meetings with professional athletes and Olympic Champions, thematic exhibitions, concerts, sports shows. The main goal of all these events is to promote Olympic values and ideals, popularize the Olympic movement and sport in General, attract people to regular physical education, sports and a healthy lifestyle.