International Olympic Day 2020 June 23
International Olympic Day 2020 June 23

International Olympic Day 2020 June 23

  • International Olympic Day is a celebration of sports and health. The day is celebrated every year on June 23 and is an invitation for everyone around the world to be active. Read this article to know more about the International Olympic Day 2020.
  • International Olympic Day is celebrated to commemorate the day when the International Olympic Committee was founded in 1894. It is meant to motivate individuals around the world to become their best selves. One doesn’t have to be an Olympian to participate in this day. The first-ever Olympic day was celebrated on June 23, 1948.
  • The countries of Portugal, Greece, Austria, Canada, Switzerland, Great Britain, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Belgium organised an Olympic Day in their respective countries and IOC President at the time, relayed a message to the young people of the world, urging them to participate and make sports an integral part of their lives.
  • The 2020 International Olympic Day celebration is truly global in nature, as it is being held entirely online due to the COVID-19 induced lockdown.
  • On International Olympic Day 2020, the Olympic channel will be conducting live athlete-led home workouts. Athletes like USA gymnast Laurie Hernandez, France’s Martin Fourcade who has been a five-time Olympic biathlon champion, India’s star wrestler Vinesh Phogat, China’s skier Gu Ailing Eileen, and Tongan sensation Pita Taufatofua will be leading these sessions.
  • National Olympic committees around the world are getting creative with their efforts around this day. They are basing their efforts on three pillars “move”,” learn” and “discover”. Their Moto is to engage everybody irrespective of age, gender, or any other factor that can become the cause of disparity among the participants.
  • The International Olympic Day can be traced back to 1947. Dr Josef Gruss, a Czech IOC member, came up with the idea of a World Olympic Day at the 41st Session of the International Olympic Committee in Stockholm that year.
  • He proposed a day to be set aside to celebrate everything that the Olympics stands for. After a few months of Dr Gruss’s project received a go-ahead in the 42nd IOC session conducted in Switzerland. And June 23 was chosen as the International Olympic Day because of its historical significance, as the IOC was founded on the very same day in Sorbonne in Paris in 1894.

About International Olympic Committee-

The International Olympic Committee is a non-governmental sports organisation based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Founded by Pierre de Coubertin and Demetrios Vikelas in 1894, it is the authority responsible for organising the modern Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

  • Founded – 23 June 1984
  • Founders – Pierre de Coubertin, Demetrios Vikelas
  • Headquarters – Lausanne, Switzerland
  • President of the IOC– Thomas Bach
  • Honorary President – Jacques Rogge

About Indian Olympic Association-

The Indian Olympic Association is the body responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at the Olympic Games, Asian Games and other international athletic meets and for managing the Indian teams at these events.

  • Founded – 1927
  • Founders – Harry Buck, Arthur Noehren
  • Headquarters – New Delhi, India
  • President– Narinder Dhruv Batra
  • Secretary General– Rajeev Mehta

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