Every year June 23, is celebrated as International Olympic Day 2023. The Olympics is one of the biggest multi-sports events that is held once every 4 years. All the athletes from the world come under one roof to participate in various sports and it is once in a lifetime opportunity for most athletes.
International Olympic Day is a movement to promote mass participation in sports. The Olympics is organized by International Olympic Committees (OCCs) and the inaugural event was held in 1986 in Athens, Greece, and the most recent Games were held in 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
International Olympic Day 2023 Theme
The theme for the International Olympic Games 2023 is ‘Let’s Move.’ According to a WHO 2022 report, one in four adults and over 80 percent of young people do not meet the recommended minimum activity levels needed for optimum health. So with this theme, OCC is trying to promote more physical movement among young people for better health.
History of Olympics Day
In the year 1948, the International Olympic Committee marked June 23 as International Olympic Day. A total of 9 countries including Greece, Canada, Austria, Belgium, Venezuela, Uruguay, Switzerland, Portugal, and Great Britain were part of the celebrations.
Doctor Gruss, a Czech IOC member, introduced the concept of “World Olympic Day” at the IOC’s 41st session in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1948. The main goal of International Olympics Day is to promote participation in sports among all people, regardless of gender, age, caste, religion, or socioeconomic standing.
International Olympic Day Significance
It motivates individuals to engage in physical activity. Several sporting events take place on this day. Additionally, there are displays and educational lectures regarding the Olympic Games. The National Olympic Committees (NOCs) have been organizing the Olympic Day Run on International Olympic Day in 150 countries for more than 20 years. Some nations also have sporting competitions in schools to commemorate this day.
International Olympic Day is observed to encourage people all over the world to get up, move their bodies, and be active for the benefit of their health. In order to be physically and mentally healthy, people should incorporate some kind of physical activity into their daily routine.
FAQs related to Olympic Day
A. International Olympic Day is celebrated every year on June 23, 2023.
A. The theme of International Olympic Day 2023 is ‘Let’s Move.
A. Abhinav Bindra won gold in the Men’s 10 metre air rifle event.
A. India has hosted Olympic games only once in 1983, in New Delhi.
A. France will host Olympics 2024 in Paris.