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Celebrating the power of sport on 6 April!

03/04/2014

“Sport has its own language, and everyone can speak it. It’s a language of hope, where anything is possible.”

In the space of a few minutes, and on the occasion of the first-ever International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on 6 April, Olympians, international leaders and young people in the above video remind us how sport unites and inspires; how it can break barriers and make a real difference in communities and countries across the world. The clip features unforgettable sporting moments and actions at grassroots level alike.

While sport cannot resolve all the world’s ills, it can make an important contribution towards resolving some serious problems; and the IOC has, over the decades, established a strong partnership with the United Nations (UN), expert organizations and civil society at large to tap the full potential of sport.

On 6 April, the IOC and the Olympic Movement will be joining in global celebrations of sport as a catalyst for social change, development and peace in a number of ways including: showcasing how their contribution to sports development has benefited people; use this day as a platform to call for action, and advocate greater investment in sport, related infrastructures, physical education and access to sports programmes.

International Day on 6 April is also a perfect opportunity to learn how sport has changed YOUR life or YOUR community. Share YOUR story using #betterworld2014 on the Olympic platforms. 

Discover the best photos of Nanjing 2014

  • Qiu Yuhan of China in the Women's 4×100m Freestyle Relay

    Nanjing 2014 - Qiu Yuhan of China competes during the Women's 4×100m Freestyle Relay of swimming event at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, Aug. 21, 2014. The Team of China advanced.

  • Qiu Yuhan of China smiles after the Women's 4×100m Freestyle Relay

    Nanjing 2014 - Qiu Yuhan of China smiles after the Women's 4×100m Freestyle Relay of swimming event at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, Aug. 21, 2014. The Team of China advanced.

  • Medalists of Taekwondo Women's +63kg

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalist Kendall Yount(2nd, L) of the United States, silver medalist Umida Abdullaeva(1st, L) of Uzbekistan, bronze medalist Li Chen(2nd, R) of China and Yuliia Miiuts of Ukrain during the awarding ceremony of the Women +63kg final of Taekwondo at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on August 21, 2014.

  • Medalists of Women's 50m Backstroke

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalist Maaike de Waard(C) of Netherlands, silver medalist Jessica Fullalove (L) of Great Britain and bronze medalist Gabrielle Fa'amausili of New Zealand on the podium during the awarding ceremony of Women's 50m Backstroke of swimming event in Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on Aug. 21, 2014.

  • Medalists of Women's 63kg of Weightlifting

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalist Ahmed Sara of Egypt, silver medalist Duran Ayon Ana Lilia of Mexico and bronze medalist Zenchenko Sofiya of Ukraine on the podium of the Women's 63kg of Weightlifting at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on August 21, 2014.

  • Gold medalist Kendall Yount of the Women's +63kg final of Taekwondo

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalist Kendall Yount during the awarding ceremony of the Women +63kg final of Taekwondo at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on August 21, 2014.

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