Today, the Olympic Day is celebrated all around the world: hundreds of thousands of people – young and old – get moving and participate in sporting and cultural activities, such as runs, exhibitions, music and educational seminars. Over the last two decades, the event has helped to spread the Olympic ideals to every corner of the world.
Olympic Day was introduced in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games on 23 June 1894 at the Sorbonne in Paris. The goal was to promote participation in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability.
“EVERY YEAR, OLYMPIC DAY ALLOWS THE WHOLE WORLD TO UNITE BEHIND THE OLYMPIC DREAM.”
Thomas Bach, IOC President
Move, Learn and Discover:
the three pillars of Olympic Day in Fistball
let’s encourage people to get active on Olympic Day. “Move” can refer to all sports, of physical activity for people of all ages and abilities.
IFA supports the new IOC initiative ‘Let’s Move’ created with the World Health Organisation (WHO) with an invitation to make time every day for movement for better health.
Educate and learn about the role of sport in society and the “Olympic values”
In collaboration with UTS IFA runs an Olympic values driven program at the IFA 2023 Men´s World Championship in Mannheim. The focus is on engaging and empowering youth, and promoting an active and healthy lifestyle within the sporting community during the Men’s Fistball World Championships 2023.
Discover is all about people trying new sports and activities they have never done before.
• Excellence – Striving for excellence
Stands for giving our best, on the field of play or in the professional arena. It is not only about winning, but also about participating, making progress towards personal goals, striving to be and to do our best in our daily lives and bene ting from the healthy combination of a strong body, mind and will.
• Respect – Demonstrating respect
This value incorporates respect for oneself, for one’s body, for others, for the rules and regulations, and for sport and the environment. Related to sport, respect stands for fair play and for the fight against doping and any unethical behavior.
• Friendship – Celebrating Friendship
This encourages us to consider sport as a tool for mutual understanding among individuals and people from around the world. Olympism inspire humanity to overcome political, economic, gender, racial and religious differences and forge friendships in spite of those differences.