Date: 23RD JUNE
CELEBRATES GETTING ACTIVE AND LIVING THE OLYMPIC VALUES. WE WORK, WE PLAY, WE DREAM. OF A BETTER SELF, OF A BETTER WORLD. AND TODAY, WE CELEBRATE THAT JOURNEY.
In the 1978 edition of the Olympic Charter, the IOC recommended for the first time that all NOCs organise an Olympic Day to promote the Olympic Movement: “It is recommended that NOCs regularly organise (if possible each year) an Olympic Day intended to promote the Olympic Movement.”
It was in 1947 during the 41st Session of the International Olympic Committee in Stockholm, that Doctor Gruss, IOC member in Czechoslovakia, presented a report on a World Olympic Day celebration which would primarily be a day of promoting the Olympic idea. The project was adopted some months later on the occasion of the 42nd IOC Session in St Moritz in January 1948. The National Olympic Committees were put in charge of organising this event and were requested to choose a date between 17 and 24 June, thereby celebrating the foundation of the International Olympic Committee at the Sorbonne, Paris, on 23 June 1894, where Pierre de Coubertin obtained the revival of the Olympic Games.
The first Olympic Day was celebrated on 23 June 1948. On this occasion, Sigfrid Edström, IOC President at that time, conveyed a message to the young people of the world. Portugal, Greece, Austria, Canada, Switzerland, Great Britain, Uruguay, Venezuela and Belgium organised an Olympic Day in their respective countries.
Over the last 20 years Olympic Day has been associated with Olympic Day Runs all over the world. First launched in 1987, the run was about encouraging all National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to celebrate Olympic Day and promoting the practice of mass sport. From 45 participating NOCs in the first edition in 1987, the numbers have grown to more than a hundred participating NOCs.
Olympic Day is nowadays developing into much more than a run or just a sports event. Based on the three pillars “move”, “learn” and “discover”, National Olympic Committees are deploying sports, cultural and educational activities which address everybody – regardless age, gender, social background or sporting ability. Some countries have incorporated the event into the school curriculum and, in recent years, many NOCs have added concerts and exhibitions to the celebration. Recent NOC activities have included meetings for children and young people with top athletes and the development of new web sites directing people to programmes in their neighbourhood. This makes it easier for everybody to become part of Olympic Day. In recent years, the development in Social Media has helped the IOC to boost participation beyond NOC activities.
Building on the success of previous medical conferences, this year’s event: Mental Health in Sport: Let’s talk about it! brought together top international academics and practitioners to raise awareness of mental health issues in sport.
The intense mental and physical demands placed on elite athletes and coaches are a unique aspect of a sporting career, and these may increase the susceptibility of athletes to experience certain mental health problems. In addition to physical and competition stress, elite athletes and coaches also face a unique array of ‘workplace’ stressors, including the pressures of increased public scrutiny through mainstream and social media, limited support networks due to relocation, group dynamics in team sports, and the potential of injuries to end careers prematurely.
Virtual Twinning – Tonosho Town
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic spoiling preparations for a twinning event between the Maltese Olympic contingent and Tonosho Town in the Kagawa Prefecture, technology has been put into good use by hosting a virtual twinning.
Tonosho Town prepared a short video to cheer the Maltese athletes. Click on the link below to watch!
Sports For All
BEACH GAMES FOR SCHOOLS
On the 5th of May the Maltese Olympic Committee in collaboration with the Malta School Sports Federation organised the 1st Beach games for schools. The number had to be limited to 500 for safety issues and unfortunately some schools who applied late had to be refused because of this issue.
These games were held at Golden sands between 09.00 and 13.00. Nine local associations of Beach Volleyball, Handball, Soccer, Rugby, Athletics, Badminton, Taekwondo, Golf and Tug of War took part in these games and were running their sports with their own coaches and athletes. All the children who took part from 13 different schools could do 6 sports (30mins) on each sports for 3 hours with two short breaks after every hour.
The atmosphere was incredible and accompanying the groups were dance teachers who were continuously entertaining those who wished to participate. It is planned that next year two of these festivals will be done because of the huge success.