FIVB supports Olympic Day values
Olympic Day was first introduced in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games and to promote participation in sport. This year, 150 National Olympic Committees were involved in an event which has also become synonymous with Olympic Day runs. In Lausanne, Switzerland, which is home to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), over 1,000 runners participated in a 5.2 km run.
“We need people and particularly young people to get active. We need to get the ‘couch potatoes off the couch’ – and Olympic Day and particularly Olympic Day runs are one way we can do that,” said IOC President Thomas Bach, who headed the events in Lausanne.
President Bach also unveiled a statue of Pierre de Coubertin - the founder of the modern Olympic Games - at the IOC's headquarters. He commented that: “Part of Coubertin’s genius was adapting the values of Olympism to the modern world – but he didn’t just hand us these ideas written in stone – part of his genius was to understand that we must constantly renew ourselves and update the Olympic vision. Olympic Day is one of those occasions to show how we can remain relevant. We need to continue to promote sport. We need people and particularly young people to get active.”
Olympic Day sparked events across the world with thousands of participants posting photographs on social media. Take a look at the world map at www.olympic.org/olympicday to find out how others celebrated this special day.