Olympic Day has been marked on June 23rd every year since 1948, making this year’s anniversary the 70th Olympic Day. It recognises the foundation of the International Olympic Committee, formed in Paris on June 23rd, 1894. Local events aim to raise awareness of the role sport and physical activity play in day-to-day life.
This year’s theme was United by, and how Olympism and the Olympic values of excellence, friendship, and respect can unite the world.
One thing everyone can be united by is movement and sport. The Olympic Channel also invited athletes and fans to celebrate Olympic Day by adding on to the viral move "flossin" by The Backpack Kid to create an original Olympic Dance.
The IFSC encouraged National Federations and their Sport Climbing athletes to join the celebration. Additional events were held across the word, from Paris to Tokyo. The Fédération Française de la Montagne et de l'Escalade (FFME) opened a climbing wall in downtown Paris to commemorate the occasion and introduce Sport Climbing to the public. Tokyo 2020 held a competition for its partner universities, with students taking part in sports events, including Sport Climbing and Basketball 3x3 which will both make their Olympic debuts in the Japanese capital.
A University student takes on the Bouldering wall at Tokyo 2020's Olympic Day celebration. © Tokyo 2020 / Shugo TAKEMI