Today marks Olympic Day – 23 June.
Originally started back in 1948, Olympic Day commemorates the birth of the modern Olympic Games (23 June 1894). Pierre de Coubertin assembled 12 countries in Paris to meet and launch the first Modern Olympic Games to be held in 1896 in Athens, Greece.
The IOC President notes, “In our constantly evolving society today, Olympic Day is an excellent way to encourage all people to lead healthy and active lives and to promote the role of sport in society.”
The Olympic Charter says, “The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practising sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.”
The Australian Cheerleading Union looks forward to celebrating this day in future years to come with athletes, clubs and event providers, whether it be through sporting activities, meet-and-greets with high profile athletes, or Olympic-themed performances to celebrate Cheerleading in Australia and the Olympic movement.
Happy Olympic Day!