The International Day offers a new opportunity to promote sport and physical activity as a universal language and an innovative tool for education, health, social inclusion, youth development, peace building and sustainable development at large. It also serves as a platform to advocate for the need to invest in sport further.
“As members of the Olympic family and of the world sporting movement, we have a role to play in this celebration by demonstrating the social impacts that sport, from grass roots practice to elite competition, has on our communities and their well being every day,” said IOC President Thomas Bach.
The annual International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is also a fitting complement to the celebration of Olympic Day, which commemorates the founding of the modern Olympic Movement each year on 23 June. Millions of people in countries around the world participate in a wide variety of Olympic Day activities, from 10-kilometre runs, to group exercise sessions, tricycle races and educational and cultural activities.
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