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Get active at Olympic Day events

The official beach volleyball of the London 2012 Olympic Games
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 4, 2013 - On 23 June, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic Movement are celebrating their 65th Olympic Day, with the opportunity for a lucky fan to win a trip to The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The IOC celebrated its first World Olympic Day on 23 June 1948 with nine National Olympic Committees (NOCs) hosting ceremonies in their respective countries. Today, Olympic Day has evolved to become a key date in the Olympic Movement’s calendar, and has gained momentum worldwide with almost four million participants from around the world and 150 NOCs taking part last year. 

Celebrating the birth of the Olympic Movement in 1894, Olympic Day is today much more than a sporting event. It is an opportunity to encourage the young and not-so-young, regardless of their sporting ability and their background, to get moving, learn about the benefits of physical activity, discover new sports and reflect on the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.

Get involved and join in the Olympic fun. 

Based on the three pillars “move”, “learn” and “discover”, National Olympic Committees are deploying sports, cultural and educational activities during World Olympic Day. Some countries have incorporated the event into the school curriculum and, in recent years, many NOCs have added concerts and exhibitions to the celebration.

Olympic Day events often include volleyball and beach volleyball. Volleyball first appeared in the Olympic games in 1964, while beach volleyball was introduced to the Olympic Games at Atlanta in 1996. Click here to find what’s going on near you!

In addition to these various activities organised around the world, the IOC is reaching out to fans, and asking them to Get Active this June and capture the moment to enter a contest and win a trip to attend the inauguration of the new Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, in October.  To enter, upload a photo of yourself doing sport via the web or a mobile device to the Olympic Day contest page. The contest closes on midnight (GMT+1 time) Tuesday 25 June.

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