International Olympic Day


July 5, 2022

International Olympic Day is celebrated annually on June 23 by decision of the International Olympic Committee.


The International Olympic Committee decided in January 1948 during the 42nd session of the IOC in St. Moritz to annually celebrate the International Olympic Day on June 23. The date was chosen to commemorate the founding of the IOC on June 23, 1894, after Olympic revivalist Baron Pierre de Coubertin delivered his historic address to the International Athletics Congress in Paris. After the congress decided to hold the first Olympics in Greece in 1896, Coubertin headed the then-created IOC.


The main event accompanying the International Olympic Day is the organization of mass long-distance races on June 23, or on the next weekend before this day. The IOC recommended that the National Olympic Committees organize various sports festivals, mostly running, in order to attract the maximum number of participants, thereby spreading the Olympic concept of "Sports for All". The Olympic Charter of the IOC says: The Olympic movement aims to educate young people through sports in the spirit of better mutual understanding and friendship, thus contributing to the creation of a better and more peaceful world. See also Olympic Games



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