International Olympic Day 2020: Know why and How all celebrate Olympic Day on June 23 every year

International Olympic Day 2020: On 23 June 2020,International Olympic Day is celebrated to  remembrance of the birth of the modern Olympic Games held on 23 June 1894 in nine countries Venezuela, Uruguay, Switzerland, Portugal, Greece, Great Britain, Canada, Belgium, Austria. The goal is to encourage worldwide participation in sport irrespective of age, gender, or athletic ability. Get the information about the history, purpose of celebrating International Olympic Day, and special quotes in this article.

Naveen | Updated Jun 25, 2020 03:54 AM

International Olympic Day 2020: Know why and How all celebrate Olympic Day on June 23 every year

International Olympic Day 2020

International Olympic Day is celebrated on June 23 by hundreds of thousands of people irrespective of age engaging in sports events such as walks, runs, concerts, music, and educational seminars. In addition to the Olympic values of fair play, perseverance, loyalty, and sportsmanship, Olympic Day is not only a celebration but an international initiative to encourage health and well-being.

Olympic Day has been combined with Olympic Day Runs around the world for the last 20 years. The numbers have grown to over 150 participating NOCs, from 45 participating National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in the first edition in 1987.

What is the history of International Olympic Day?

During the 41st Session of the International Olympic Committee(IOC) in Stockholm in 1947, Doctor Gruss, a member of the IOC in Czechoslovakia, presented a report on a celebration of the World Olympic Day which would be mainly a day to promote the idea of Olympic. A few months later the idea was implemented at the 42nd IOC Session held in St Moritz in January 1948. 
The National Olympic Committees were asked to select a date from 17 to 24 June and to plan the event. Thus, to celebrate the establishment of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the Sorbonne, Paris, on 23 June 1894, where Pierre de Coubertin got the revival of the Olympic Games, the International Olympics Day is celebrated on June 23. Hence, the first International Olympics Day was celebrated on 23 June 1948.

What is an Olympic Day Run?

The Olympic Day Run is the International Olympic movement that unites men, women, and children of all ages. The first Olympic Day Run was organized over a distance of 10 km, with 45 National Olympic Committees participating in 1987. The IOC's Sport for All Commission initiated this program, aimed at encouraging the practice of sport around the world. It has become a global Olympic Day celebration and is contributing to the advancement of Olympic values all over the world.

How is the International Olympic Day celebrated?

Nowadays, Olympic Day is growing into something more than just a sporting event. International Olympic Day is based on three pillars:

  • Move

  • Learn

  • Discover. 

Move - It refers to all kinds of physical activities for people of all ages and abilities.
Learn - It refers to the learning of the Olympic values which are excellence, friendship, and respect, by looking into the contributions of sports to global issues that may affect your community, such as education, health promotion, HIV prevention, women empowerment, peacebuilding, local community development, and environmental protection. 

Discover - The goal of this pillar is to inspire and invite people to try new sports and activities that they never have done before.

Based on this theme, National Olympic Committees are executing the sports, cultural and educational activities. Some countries integrated the event into the school curriculum, and other NOCs have added concerts and exhibits to the celebration in recent years. 

Recent NOC activities have included meetings with top athletes for children and youth and the development of new websites that direct people to programs in their community. Social Media growth has supported the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in recent years to improve involvement beyond NOC activities.

What is the symbol of Olympic?

The Olympic symbol consists of five interlaced rings of equal dimensions in five colors representing the world's five continents, united by Olympism. The five colors of the Olympic symbol with a white background are:

  • Blue

  • Yellow

  • Black

  • Green

  • Red

The symbol with a total of six colors represents that appear on all the world's national flags.

How does India celebrate the International Olympic Day?

India participated in the Paris Olympics for the first time in 1900 and Norman Pritchard, an Anglo Indian represented India. The Olympic movement in India began when India took part in Olympics in 1920 and 1924 and Sir Dorabji Tata suggested a sports body at the National level and invited Dr. A.G. Noehren (Physical Education Director of YMCA India) to join them. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) was founded in 1927 with Sir Dorabji Tata as its founding president and Dr. A.G. Noehren as its general secretary.

Every year, in association with its member units and the International Olympic Committee, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) put together several thousand people of all ages to participate in sporting events across India. The main objective of this celebration is to promote fitness and an active lifestyle.

Olympics Games Tokyo 2020

The Summer Olympics 2020 was planned to be held in Tokyo, Japan. Due to the COVID-19 breakdown, the Olympic games are rescheduled to 23 July to 8 August 2021. On March 30 the organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games made the announcement that the Paralympic Games are set to take place from 24 August to 5 September 2021.

About IOC

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was established on 23 June 1894. It is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. It was founded by Pierre de Coubertin and Demetrios Vikelas. IOC is responsible to organize the modern Summer and Winter Olympic Games. The President of the non-governmental sports organization is Thomas Bach of Germany. 

International Olympic Day Special Quotes

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” — Muhammad Ali, gold-medal boxer

I work hard. And I do good. And I’m going to enjoy myself. I’m not going to let you restrict me.” — Usain Bolt, gold-medal track and field athlete

“Never quit. Never give up.” — Gabby Douglas, gold-medal gymnast

“Failure I can live with. Not trying is what I can’t handle.” — Sanya Richards-Ross, gold-medal track and field athlete

“Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work.” — Andre Agassi, gold-medal tennis player

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International Olympic Day - FAQ

1. What do the Olympic rings represent?

The Olympic flag has a white background, in the middle having five interlaced rings: blue, yellow, black, green, and red. The symbol represents the world's five continents, united by Olympism, while the six colors are the ones that appear on all the world's national flags.

2. What is the motto of the Olympics?

The Olympic motto is Citius, Altius, Fortius hendiatris, which is Latin for "faster, higher, stronger" Pierre de Coubertin had proposed it upon the establishment of the International Olympic Committee in 1894.

3. What are the objectives of the Olympic Games?

Modern Olympic Games aim to bring athletes around the world to one place where they can play and spread peace and friendship without race and gender discrimination. It was Baron Pierre de Coubertin of France who brought with him the concept of modern Olympics and which began in 1896.

4. What does the Olympic torch mean?

The Olympic Torch 's meaning goes back through history to the ancient Olympic Games in Olympia, Greece. According to the old story, the sun ignited a flame and kept burning until the Olympic Games were finished. It stands for a number of things including purity, striving for perfection, and life.