One Month to Go to Olympic Day

23 | 5 | 2016

With Olympic Day 2016 fast approaching NOAs and NOCs around the world are gearing up to mark the global celebration of the Olympic Movement by hosting events aimed at helping their communities get active. If you haven’t already done so the WOA is encouraging members to get involved with activities in your local area and spread the spirit of Olympism on 23 June.

Olympic Day commemorates the founding of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the modern Olympic Movement by Pierre de Coubertain in 1894 and is part of the IOC’s ongoing mission to use sport and physical activity as a tool for good. It is an opportunity to encourage people of all ages and all nationalities to get moving, discover new sports and most importantly, embrace the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.

Following last year’s successful Olympic Day countdown the WOA will again be sharing your uplifting stories and activities on our digital and social platforms. This is the third year running the WOA has supported the Olympic Day campaign in this way and we hope this year’s countdown will be as inspiring as ever.

From hosting official Olympic Day runs to promoting cultural and education activities we give you a taste of what Olympians got up to around the world as part of last year’s celebrations and how NOAs successfully worked with their National Olympic Committees to stage events.

In Peru, art and sport came together as the country staged an Olympic-themed school drawing and painting competition to mark the occasion. In Angola and Tajikistan kids took part in mass sporting activities led by Olympians, while in Australia, Olympians took part in a nationwide school speaking tour. And in the United States, record numbers of people came out to take part in over 1,000 separate events across all 50 US states with hundreds of Team USA athletes attending celebrations throughout the month of June.

We’d love to hear what you’re up to again this year so get in touch with Sarah van Ballekom on and we can promote your events and activities on our website and social media platforms. On the day make sure you post photos of yourself in action using the hashtag #olympicday and tagging @worldolympians in your posts so we can share with the wider Olympic Family.

We look forward to hearing about your exciting plans.

Image Credit: IOC Media Library