By: Lailuma Noori
International Olympic Day is celebrated on June 23 across the world every year. This day marks the importance of sports and fitness in our daily lives and also promotes the participation of an individual in games and sports, irrespective of age, race, gender, caste or religion.
For the first time, Pierre de Coubertin on 23 June 1894 suggested that old Olympic traditions were executed. On the same year, he named modern Olympic games.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was formed in the year 1894, and it is commemorated on International Olympic Day. This committee focuses on inspiring people all around the world to be their best selves.
The Olympic Day was inaugurated on June 23, 1948, at that time nine countries – Portugal, Greece, Austria, Canada, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela and Belgium, participated in Olympics.
Jacques Rogge, IOC President at that time, sent out a message to the young people around the world and encouraged them to participate in sports and fitness.
This year, the theme of International Olympic Day is – “Stay healthy, stay strong, stay active with the Olympic Day workout on June 23.”
Olympians from all over the world have inspired people with their enthusiasm and positivity. Olympics Day is something more than just a sports event. It is based on three pillars – ‘move’, ‘learn’ and ‘discover’.
The Olympics provide a fantastic international ground for athletes. It gives an excellent opportunity for athletes around the world to compete against athletes of a similar level on the international stage.
In Afghanistan constitution, it has been clarified that the government is adopting all necessary measures for strengthening sound physical sports and development of national and local sports.
In spring 1962, the first modern gymnasium was constructed at Kabul University in vicinity of Aliabad area for Afghan students to go ahead with some trainings and sports. Later on, the second gymnasium was built at Kabul Polytechnic University.
Afghanistan National Olympic Committee was established in 1935 and was officially recognized in 1936. Currently, the committee is responsible to manage and prepare Afghan players and sportsmen for national and international sports competitions particularly International Olympic games.
For the first time, Afghan sportsmen participated in 11th World Olympic Games held in 1936 in Germany’s Berlin. The games are held every four year. For the first time, Rohullah Nikpa won Bronze medal in World Olympic Games held in 2008, considered as the historic victory for Afghanistan.
Afghanistan National Olympic Committee considers sports as effective for strengthening national unity. In recent years, sports have considerably developed in Afghanistan, causing happiness among the people. sports result not only in solidarity among Afghans but solidarity among nations of the world.