Why is June 23 celebrated as International Olympic Day?

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The Olympics are a biennial sport. The Olympics, the world’s premier sport with more than 200 nations, are believed to have been started in 1253 BC by the Greek god Hercules. Do you know the reason why June 23 is celebrated as International Olympic Day?

The Olympics, which in the early days were only one day long, later became a five-day event. However, history has it that in 393 AD, the Roman emperor Theodosius I, who ruled Greece, banned the Olympics.

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The modern Olympics were preceded by the French Baron Pierre de Coubertin’s International Conference on Amateur Sports in Sorbonne, France, from June 16 to 23, 1894, in which twelve nations participated. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was formed at this conference.

The decision was made to resume the Olympics. It was decided at the IOC Conference in 1942 to celebrate Olympic Day every year to commemorate that great day. Thus, it was decided to hold the first Games of the Modern Olympics in Athens. It was April 6, 1896, the 75th anniversary of Greece’s independence. The first Games were attended by 241 athletes from 14 countries. When there were competitions in 43 events in nine categories, no women were in the competition at that time.

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