International Olympic Day 2020: How athletes are celebrating and everything you need to know
World Olympic Day sees Olympians, athletes and fans from all over the world come together to promote the improvement of health through sport.
International Olympic Day or World Olympic Day sees Olympians, athletes and fans from all over the world come together to promote the improvement of health through sport.
Celebrated annually on 23 June, International Olympic Day 2020 is seeing World Health Organisation (WHO) work alongside with IOC advocating for everyone to #BeActive in their daily routines.
The day also commemorates the foundation of the International Olympic Committee on 23 June 1894.
In January 1948 at its 42nd Session in Switzerland, the IOC approved the idea of an Olympic Day.
The first-ever Olympic Day was held on 23 June 1948, with a total of nine NOCs hosting ceremonies in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Great Britain, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland, Uruguay and Venezuela.
A number of athletes and organisations took to social media to extend their greetings on International Olympic Day 2020.
Saina Nehwal recalled a "special moment" when she achieved the bronze medal in 2012 Olympics. "It was always my and my parents dream from the day I joined badminton in 1999 .Hardwork , belief and some sacrifices made it possible," she tweeted.
Very very very special moment in my career when I achieved the Olympic bronze medal in 2012 Olympics.. #London ..It was always my and my parents dream from the day I joined badminton in 1999 .Hardwork , belief and some sacrifices made it possible ☺️❤️ ✌ #OlympicDay2020 pic.twitter.com/ko7NJkUeAk
— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) June 23, 2020
The first Indian woman to win a medal at the Olympics, Karnam Malleswari wished everyone on the day, writing, "May we sustain the spirit of Sport and unite the world in the true sense of Olympism."
— Karnam Malleswari, OLY (@kmmalleswari) June 23, 2020
Hockey India too posted on Twitter, writing, "today is a day for the world to make a ****, **** about Olympic values and ******** new sports," before going on to wish everyone a safe and happy International Olympic Day.
Much more than just a sports event, today is a day for
the world to make a , about Olympic values and new sports. ⚽⛳
— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) June 23, 2020
Shiva Keshavan, India's first representative at the Winter Olympic Games and a six-time Olympian posted, "Olympism is... Calling out to all Olympians and sports enthusiasts to tweet about what Olympism is to you!"
— Shiva Keshavan, OLY (@100thofasec) June 22, 2020
Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar tweeted that Rio Olympics 2016 is closest to her heart.
— Dipa Karmakar (@DipaKarmakar) June 23, 2020
Nova Peris, the first Aboriginal athlete to win Olympic gold posted, "I’m blessed to be a 2 x Olympian in different sports! #InternationalOlympicDay not only celebrates olympic values it’s a day for the world 2 get active! Let’s #BeActive in your daily routines! I’m playing A grade hockey still at 49."
Today is #OlympicDay and I’m blessed to be a 2 x Olympian in different sports! ♀️ #InternationalOlympicDay not only celebrates olympic values it’s a day for the world 2 get active! Let’s #BeActive in your daily routines! I’m playing A grade hockey still at 49 #novaperis pic.twitter.com/cjLRjfNDdr
— Nova Peris OAM OLY (@NovaPeris) June 23, 2020
Retired Australian track cyclist Anna Meares shared a throwback image from the last time she represented the country as she celebrated Olympic Day.
This image is From the last time I represented Australia... on the start line in Rio. What great pride it gave me to wear the green and gold, to take you all on the ride with me #dreambig #thankful
— Anna Meares (@AnnaMeares) June 23, 2020
Director of Delhi United S.C. football club Shaji Prabhakaran wished everyone Happy Olympic Day and added, "Spread the values of Olympics and grow the participation in sports for the good of the World. Make sport a way of life."
Spread the values of Olympics and grow the participation in sports for the good of the World.
Make sport a way of life.
— Shaji Prabhakaran (@Shaji4Football) June 23, 2020
Five-time gold medalist at the Paralympic games, Evan O'Hanlon shared a lengthy post on Instagram highlighting why the day holds so much of importance for him. The athlete stated that growing up he always wanted to be an Olympian among other things.
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Today, the 23rd of June is International Olympic Day! It commemorates the day the IOC was formed in 1894. It's one of my favourite days of the year now for 4 reasons: 1. Growing up I always wanted to be an Olympian. This infatuation has translated to my career as an athlete. I always have and always will idolise Olympians. My Uncle was in the crew that won Australia's first sailing gold medal and I've always thought he was the coolest dude out. 2. Its the one day every year that I get to post my favourite clip from Cool Runnings and no one can complain. 3. I get to celebrate my favourite Olympian: @zuzi___ . She was a great athlete and is now an awesome mother and role model. 4. Although I always wanted to be an Olympian there was part of me that always knew I probably wouldn't be. Now after a career in the Paralympics that has been more than satisfying, I am on a journey in bobsled, through which there is the slightest chance I could join the elite group of Athletes as an Olympian. Again, there is part of me that doubts my ability and whether it is possible, but that is the best part of sport; the all eggs in one basket, pure gamble and stuff everybody's opinion approach. I am proud to try. Even if I fail. #olympicday2020 #olympicday
Australian Olympic Gold medallist sprinter Sally Pearson wished her fans on the occasion as well.
Greatest feeling in the world (so far ) Happy International Olympic Day @olympicchannel @Olympics @AUSOlympicTeam #InternationalOlympicDay #InternationalOlympicDay2020 #Olympics #OlympicChampion pic.twitter.com/6fbAgSsQ1U
— Sally Pearson OAM (@sallypearson) June 22, 2020
The two centres will use the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for athletes who have been unable to get vaccinated in their home countries, said the IOC, adding that it was ready to help with travel costs when necessary.
Kenyan contingent was due to spend 12 days in Kurume from 7 July to acclimatise before the Tokyo Olympics open. The head of the Kenyan team said it was “too late” to organise another training camp in Japan before the Olympics.
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