- 13 Jun 2015
- IOC News
Gearing up for #olympicday with 10 days to go!
The Olympic Movement is lacing up its running shoes, stretching its muscles and getting ready to move, shake, skip, jump and break a sweat as we countdown to Olympic Day on 23 June.
With 10 days to go, there are already a number of National Olympic Committees (NOCs), International Federations, Olympians, young athletes and individuals that have been getting active ahead of this year’s Olympic Day. Since 1 June, over 1200 people of all ages have already immortalised their physical activeness by sharing their photos using #olympicday. Everyone who submits a pic of themselves in action will be in with a chance to win a trip for two to Rio de Janeiro for a sneak peek of the Olympic Park ahead of next summer’s Olympic Games.
Getting a head start
Among those kicking off Olympic Day celebrations early is the Turkish Olympic Committee. In Belek, 300 children from local schools took part in a series of educational and sporting events at the end of May. Over the course of June, the Turkish Olympic Committee is organising a range of similar Olympic Day activities in Istanbul for children from 15 different schools across the capital city.
President of the National Olympic Committee and IOC Member for Turkey Dr Uğur Erdener said: “With 31 million people under the age of 25 in Turkey, it is imperative that we continue to place emphasis on encouraging our youth to maintain healthy lifestyles and develop their strength both physically and mentally.”
Joining the early birds are Bahrain, India, Pakistan, Spain, Algeria and Chinese Taipei, to mention but a few. The Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee, for instance, hosted its 28th consecutive Olympic Day Run in New Taipei City on 6 June, with tens of thousands running in either the 21km competition run, 21km visually impaired run or 2.5km fun run. Body painting, food quizzes and a variety of original creative activities were also on the Day’s programme. In Algeria, the NOC celebrated at the beginning of June with sports, cultural, artistic and educational activities that included musical and sports demonstrations, a fun run and teachings from Olympians.
Spreading the word with the help of athletes
To inspire people to move for Olympic Day, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has sought the help of a number of Olympians ranging from skier Lindsey Vonn to judoka Flávio Canto. Stay tuned as we unveil how skier Kjetil Jansrud will be getting active for Olympic Day along with many more in the lead-up to 23 June.
The World Olympians Associations (WOA) has also been engaging with its Olympic athletes from around the globe to support its Olympic Day countdown. First to feature are the Belgian Olympians as the National Olympians Association and the Belgium Olympic Committee are bringing together over 150 Olympic athletes to build on the excitement for next year’s Olympic Games in a Run to Rio event.
Involving members of the public, sponsors and other supporting organisations, Run to Rio invites participants to challenge Belgium’s many Olympians in a fun, marathon-length relay involving a range of activities in order to earn “time bonuses” for their teams. Over 338 teams have already signed up for the event, which will take place on 21 June. For more information, check out www.runtorio.be
The clock is ticking; time to get moving! To see how others are getting active this Olympic Day, check out our world map at www.olympic.org/olympic-day and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube, Sina Weibo, Google+, Pinterest or VK.