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OLYMPIC DAYMoritz, Switzerland. A total of nine NOCs hostedceremonies marking the occasion: Austria, Belgium,Canada, Great Britain, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland,Uruguay and Venezuela. Thirty years later, in the 1978edition of the Olympic Charter, it was recommendedfor the first time that all NOCs organise an OlympicDay to promote the Olympic Movement.Then, on 23 June 1987, the concept of anOlympic Day Run was launched by the IOC Sport forAll Commission. It was to be a way of encouragingNOCs to celebrate Olympic Day. The first run washeld over a distance of 10km, with 45 participatingNOCs. Over the next 20 years Olympic Day wasassociated with Olympic Day Runs all over the worldand the number of participating NOCs swelled tonearly 200 - with many of them in Africa - provingthe event's universal appeal. In 2009, after more than20 years of global success, the Olympic Day Runadapted to the requests of the NOCs by becoming theOlympic Day once again. Numerous NOCs continue to organise the traditional Olympic Day Run but havediversified their activities around the three new pillarsof "Move", "Learn" and "Discover"."It's much more than just playing sport, runningor exercising," says President Rogge. "It is anopportunity to reflect on the meaning of the OlympicGames: i.e. that we must always try to give the bestof ourselves, while the important thing is not winningor losing but knowing how to play the game well - a philosophy that can serve in everyday life."Pere MirĂ³, IOC NOC relations director, explains thethinking behind broadening the appeal of Olympic Day."Over the years, Olympic Day has evolved tobecome an event during which everyone comestogether and learns about the Olympic Games. We noticed that the NOCs had taken the initiative of organising cultural and educational activitiesalongside the Olympic Day Run," he says. "This led to the proposal that NOCs organiseactivities during their own Olympic Day around the threemain themes, which are 'move, learn and discover'." ?Left Expertcoaching at theOlympic Museumin LausanneRight Frenchyoungsters withtheir own versionof the Olympictorch in Le HavreLeftThe race ison in Saint Luciaduring theOlympic Day Run BelowEritreans of allages enjoyingOlympic Day 30OLYMPIC REVIEWOlympic Day into the school curriculum. Concerts andexhibitions are also now part of proceedings, and itoften provides an opportunity for children to meet their sporting heroes."Olympic Day is a special day to come together,move together and learn about the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect," says IOCPresident Jacques Rogge. "The majority of theNational Olympic Committees (NOC) on the fivecontinents take advantage of this occasion to sharethe Olympic spirit with people of all ages and from allwalks of life. Olympic Day is really aimed at everyone,whatever their sporting ability."Olympic Day was first celebrated in 1948following approval by the 42nd IOC Session in St

OLYMPIC DAYRound the world in pictures: Olympic Day