23 June 2018
We celebrate the International Olympic Day!
On June 23 the International Olympic Day is celebrated all over the world in memory of the revival of the Olympic movement in its modern form. The idea of a special holiday to tell people about the main Olympic principles was first voiced at the 41st session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Stockholm in 1947, and a year later at the 42nd session of the IOC in St. Moritz, the project was officially approved.
The following event served as a historical background for the choice of the date. In June 1894, the international Congress on physical education was held in Paris. It was attended by representatives of 12 countries. On June 23, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the Olympic revival enthusiast, presented his report.
In it, he introduced the audience to the organizational basis of the Olympic Games developed by him. The Congress approved the proposal of Baron Pierre de Coubertin to revive the tradition of the ancient Greek Olympic Games in order to hold “competitive games every four years with the participation of all nations”.
This memorable date was chosen for the celebration of the International Olympic Day; and its purpose was to promote sports around the world and to involve everyone in the sports movement, regardless of age, gender or sports skills and abilities.