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.
Sports For All
Wheelchair Basketball and Frame Football
This programme ran in partnership with Malta Wheelchair Basketball Association, Malta Frame Football and Agenzija Zghazagh to provide sessions with school students aged 12 and over that are challenged in different situations about inclusivity towards physical impairments. The sessions included practical (40mins) and theoretical (40mins) components where the students understood better the challenges and opportunities that physically impaired persons meet in everyday life and in sports.
Groups were divided in 2 stations where they rotated between the theoretical / discussion part and one of the following; wheelchair basketball or frame football practice.
The Maltese Olympic Committee (MOC) provided coaches, education material, merchandise and equipment for this project. Additionally the MOC helped out in arranging logistics with the schools involved and a network of partners that assisted in this project such as transport of equipment, booking of venues and other logistical and administrative needs.
School Olympics Project
The school Olympics project is a partnership project between the Maltese Olympic Committee and the Ministry for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation and in collaboration with SportMalta.
In this project, state and non-state school students in Malta’s middle and secondary schools participate in a variety of sports where they get to experience new sport disciplines and the Olympic values.
The Olympic Education Experience
The Olympic Education Experience is an experience offered by the Maltese Olympic Academy within the Maltese Olympic Committee to Year 5 students in Malta and Gozo. As part of their educational curriculum, learners in this year group have to cover education on the Olympics. To support this, the Maltese Olympic Academy offers an immersive experience to these students at the Maltese Olympic Committee’s offices.
This workshop is divided in two segments. The first part focuses on promoting the Olympic Values: Faster, Higher, Stronger-Together, Fair-play, and Friendship. The second part is a dynamic program held at the Maltese Olympic Committee Headquarters, featuring activities such as a Scavenger-Hunt, a presentation on the Legacy & History of the Olympic Committee, and a live interview with a Maltese Olympian.
Weekly, between October and May, the Maltese Olympic Committee Headquarters welcome around 50-75 students. Led by Mr. Edmund Mifsud and Mr. Daniel Tanti Farrugia from the Maltese Olympic Academy, students engage in a 3-hour programme.