23 June: International Olympic Day
International Olympic Day was celebrated across the world on 23 June 2013. The day is celebrated for promotion of participation of people in the sports all across the world, irrespective of athletic, gender or age ability.
• The International Olympic Day was initiated in 1948 for commemorating the commencement of modern Olympic Games on 23 June 1894 at Sorbonne in Paris.
• The goal of this day was promotion of sports all across the world without any exception.
About the International Olympic Day
Olympic Day has been associated with the Olympic Day Runs across the world over last 20 years.
In the first edition of this day in 1987, the number of National Olympic Committees (NOCs) that participated in this was 45. Now, it has increased to 200.
Pillars of International Olympic Day
There are three main pillars of the International Olympic Day and these include discover, learn and move. These three pillars of the sports event are deployed by the National Olympic Committees into sports, educational and cultural activities.
Celebration of the International Olympic Day
A lot of countries have also included the International Olympic Day event in their school curriculum. Various concerts as well as exhibitions are organised on this day as a part of the celebration.
The first celebrations of International Olympic Day 2013 took place at Richmond Olympic Oval in BC on 17 June 2013.
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