International Olympic day was named in 1948 to commemorate the introduction of the modern Olympic Games on 23rd June 1894, the events of passion and integrity. The modern Olympics has over 200 countries participating and helps promote peace and unity among our interdependent international community. During such hard times, the International Olympic day is sure to lift the spirits of athletes and fans and replenish the hopes of many.
History of International Olympic Day:
In 8th century BC Athens, every summer, athletes participated in a festival of games conducted to honor the gods, especially Zeus, the King of Gods. This happened once every four years. Baron Pierre de Coubertin set up the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894, and hence, the first Olympic games were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896. In 1978, the Olympic Charter stated for the first time that the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) should regularly organize the Olympic day to promote the Olympic movement.
Move, Learn and Discover:
The 2021 International Olympic day is based on its three pillars, “move, learn and discover,” which help establish a sense of togetherness in the world’s population. The NOCs are deploying sports, cultural and educational activities catering to all. The recent development in social media also helps in inclusivity and building a sense of participation of many. “Move” refers to any physical activity, and “discover” welcomes and encourages people to try new activities and tap into new sports that might not be a part of their surroundings.
International Olympic day 2022 (World Olympic Day 2022):
The International Olympic day 2022 is not just a sports event but a reminder for the world to get active, learn and value the various events. The upcoming international multi-sport event was initially scheduled for 24th July to 9 August 2020 and later got postponed in March 2020 due to the effects of and as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 pandemic. The event is now scheduled to happen from 23 July to 8 August 2022, not allowing any international spectators.
The Olympic dream and spirit:
Every year, the Olympics aims to unite the whole world under the Olympic dream. “Failure I can live with. Not trying is what I can’t handle,” said Sanya Richards-Ross, gold-medal track and field athlete. With its motto of engaging without disparity, the Olympics is a commemorative celebration of sport, health, and being the best you can be, inviting everyone from across the world to be a part of it. The official Olympic Spirit program aims to manifest a peaceful, mutually accepting, and harmonious world that provides aspiration to be their best for today’s youth. It also aspires to provide kindness and hospitality in the hard times we live in.
24-hour Digital-First Workout:
The International Olympics Committee (IOC) has made the experience for everyone through online access for workout events with the world’s best athletes. Anyone can spectate and experience the events this year @Olympics and @olympicchannel on Instagram for a day full of live athlete-led home workouts from the comfort of their homes. USA gymnast Laurie Hernandez, French biathlon champion Martin Fourcade, Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat, Chinese skier Gu Ailing Eileen, and Tongan sensation Pita Taufatofua are leading these live streams along with many star athletes from all over the world. Supporters can show off their days using the hashtags- #StayHealthy, #StayStrong, and #StayActive!
International Olympic Day- 2022 challenge:
This year’s fun never stops as anyone can participate by following the steps: 1.Set a goal on 1st June, to be accomplished by the 23rd; 2.Post your goal(s) on socials, challenging four friends to participate; 3. Share your weekly progress with #OlympicDayGoals and tag @AUSOlympicTeam; 4. Hurrah! Celebrate your accomplishment with many others on Olympic Day.
With everything the world has been through, the International Olympic Day 2022 reminds us how we are all there for each other and helps us see a way through. It is the responsibility of every human on this planet to be responsible and safe about participation. Overall, the much anticipated International Olympic Day 2022 is sure to add integral value and cheer up the crowds!
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