Today, June 23, is the perfect day to get active as it’s Olympic Day 2020.
Olympic Day is usually marked worldwide with runs, but even in lockdown, the day represents a great excuse to get up and get moving when and where you can.
Here’s what Olympic Day means, and what organisers have in store this year…
Olympic Day is an annual celebration of health and sport, and it commemorates the founding of the International Olympic Committee in 1894.
For the last 20 years, Olympic Day has been marked with runs in countries all over the world, usually taking place between 17 and 24 June.
Olympic Day 2020 promises to be ‘the world’s largest 24 hour digital-first Olympic workout.’
This gives people at home during lockdown the chance to train with tips from some of the very best athletes in the world.
The organisation’s website states: ‘During this unprecedented time, the world has been inspired by Olympians around the globe with their energy and positivity.
‘Athletes have been helping fans get through this crisis by sharing their daily workouts as well as tips for staying healthy in body and mind during lockdown.
‘Building on this extraordinary momentum, the Olympic Movement will celebrate Olympic Day 2020 by creating the world’s largest 24 hour digital-first Olympic workout.’
You can go to the Olympics’ official Instagram page to get involved and try the workouts that athletes are posting.
The Olympic rings were designed to symbolise the five continents – Europe, Asia, Africa, The Americas, and Oceania – joining together to compete in the games.
The symbol was first designed in 1913 by International Olympic Committee founder Pierre de Coubertin.
As Rule 8 of the Olympic Charter puts it: ‘The Olympic symbol expresses the activity of the Olympic Movement and represents the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.’
This year, the Olympic games have been postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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