New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: International Olympic Day is celebrated across the world on June 23 every year to mark the importance of games and sports in our lives and to promote participation in games and sports across the world, irrespective of age, gender, cast or religion.

The International Olympic Day was first celebrated on June 23 in 1894 in nine countries -- Austria, Belgium, Canada, Great Britain, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The National Olympic Committees of these nine countries had organised ceremonies and competitions, marking the importance of sports in our lives. Since then, International Olympic Day is celebrated on June 23 every year across the world.

This time, the International Olympic committee and the World Health Organisation (WHO) are advocating for everyone to “#BeActive in their daily routines”. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the International Olympic Day will be celebrated by creating the world’s largest 24 hour digital-first Olympic workout.

What is the history of International Olympic Day?

The International Olympic Day was first celebrated in 1894 in nine countries. The purpose behind celebrating the International Olympic Day was to promote people across the world in taking part in games and sports and motivating them to become their “best selves”. This event also marked the start of “modern Olympic Movement” and soon the International Olympic Committee was founded with France’s Charles Pierre de Frédy becoming its first President. Therefore, he is also known as the “father of modern Olympic games”.

Quotes on International Olympic Day:

My only focus was the Olympics because in my sport, that is the ultimate. Everything is geared toward that, and my entire life was geared around getting there and winning gold   

An Olympic medal is the greatest achievement and honor that can be received by an athlete. I would swap any World Title to have won gold at the Olympics

One shouldn’t be afraid to lose; this is sport. One day you win; another day you lose. Of course, everyone wants to be the best. This is normal. This is what sport is about. This is why I love it

All I’ve done is run fast. I don’t see why people should make much fuss about that

The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma