Olympic Day was introduced in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games on 23 June 1894 at the Sorbonne in Paris. The goal was to promote participation in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability and over the last two decades, Olympic Day has helped to spread the Olympic ideals to every corner of the world.
Olympic Day is nowadays developing into much more than just a sports event. Based on the three pillars "move", "learn" and "discover", National Olympic Committees are deploying sports, cultural and educational activities. 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.
IOC Women and Sport Awards
On the occasion of Olympic Day, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic family celebrated the 2010 Women and Sport Awards.
The official ceremony was held at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, in the presence of IOC President Jacques Rogge; Anita DeFrantz, IOC member and Chairperson of the IOC Women and Sport Commission; the members of the IOC Women and Sport Commission; IOC Executive Board members; and guests invited to take part in the Olympic Day celebrations.
The winners of the five continental 2010 Women and Sport Awards - five women and one man - include former Olympic medallists, sports leaders and political decision-makers who all have made a significant difference to boosting the development, participation and involvement of women and girls in sport around the world.
- IOC World Trophy: Erica Terpstra (Netherlands)
- IOC Trophy for Africa: Germaine Manguet (Guinea)
- IOC Trophy for the Americas: Leslie McDonald (Canada)
- IOC Trophy for Asia: Yuko Arimori (Japan)
- IOC Trophy for Europe: Grete Waitz (Norway)
- IOC Trophy for Oceania: Susan Simcock (New Zealand)
Read more about Olympic Day: http://www.olympic.org/en/content/Olympism-in-Action/At-grassroot-level/Olympic_Day_spreads_Olympic_values_worldwide/