International Olympic Day: History, Significance, Theme

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Mar 2, 2022, 6:36

The International Olympic Day is observed every year on 23rd June worldwide. It was first started in 1948 to commemorate the foundation and creation of the International Olympic Committee, dating back to 23rd June 1894 in Sorbonne, Paris. The International Olympic Committee approved this proposal of celebrating and observing this day as the International Olympic Day in 1948.

The International Olympic Day is celebrated every year to encourage more and more people to participate in the Olympic Games. This day is observed to spread awareness about the event and promote the Olympic movement amongst one and all. The theme for the International Olympic Day is based on three pillars- move, learn and discover. To encourage more and more participation irrespective of age, caste, gender, social background, or sporting activities, the National Olympic Committees are deploying cultural, educational and sports activities. Every year, a new theme is chosen to mark this event.

Celebrations on International Olympic Day

Every year, on 23rd June, International Olympic Day is celebrated with pomp and grandeur to maintain the spirit of modern Olympic games alive and active. This day is observed and celebrated in various ways across different countries, some of them being:

  • Many countries have included this day as a special event in their school curriculum.
  • Many NOCs hold concerts and exhibitions as a part of this special day.
  • Some NOCs organise meetings for children and young people with top athletes who can inspire them and make them a part of this special day.

International Olympic Day Theme

The 2021 International Olympic Day theme was Stay healthy, stay strong, stay active with the Olympic Day workout on 23rd June. To celebrate this theme and make it alive, athletes from all across the world got together to perform workouts for 24 hours on a live platform. The Olympic Channel curated a home workout video, especially for the event that featured Olympic stars like French biathlete Martin Fourcade, Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat and shuttler P.V. Sindhu, American gymnast Laurie Hernandez, British taekwondo athlete Lutalo Muhammad and many more.

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FAQs on International Olympic Day

Q1. Who presented the idea about the International Olympic Day?

Ans: The idea about holding and marking International Olympic Day as a year marked event was presented by Dr Josef Grussin in 1947 in Stockholm and was accepted in January 1948 in St. Moritz.

Q2. Which countries celebrated the first International Olympic Day?

Ans: The first International Olympic Day was celebrated on 23rd June 1948 by countries including Canada, Venezuela, Belgium, Portugal, Greece, Great Britain, Switzerland, Austria and Uruguay.

Q3. When was the first International Olympic Day observed?

And: The first International Olympic Day was observed on 23rd June 1948.

Q4. What is the aim behind holding International Olympic Day every year?

Ans: The primary aim of holding International Olympic Day is to promote sports and instigate people to make it an integral part of their lives.