As it is already mentioned, “move, learn and discover” are the three pillars of Olympic Day celebration, which refer to the different kind of activities that can be used in the organization of the event.

But, what do they exactly mean? We will try to become clear.


Let’s encourage people to get active on Olympic Day!

“Move” can refer to all sorts of physical activity for people of all ages and abilities. Physical inactivity is one of the leading risk factors for global mortality and has many implications for the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (such as diabetes, cardiovascular problems, cancers, etc.) and the general health of the population worldwide.

NOCs use Olympic Day as an opportunity to encourage people to undertake even the simplest of actions to be more physically active. For example, why not cycle to school or walk to work rather than take the car, or use the stairs rather than the lift. Every bit counts!

One of the main event during Olympic Day is the Olympic Day Run which can be considered as the core activity. Organized by National Olympic Committees (NOCs), it is a manageable and cost-effective way to hold a mass participation event at grassroots level nationwide.

In addition to the Olympic Day Run, NOCs organize many fun and playful activities that can get people out and moving, such as tug-of-war competitions, beach volleyball matches, swimming races or even tango classes!


Educate and learn about the role of sport in society and the Olympic values!

“Learn” applies to education and learning about the role of sport in society and the Olympic values.

Olympic Day is a great opportunity to look at the contribution of sport to global social issues that affect different parts of the world, such as education, health promotion, HIV prevention, women’s and girls’ empowerment, environmental protection, peace building and local community development. Being a responsible citizen is also part of the philosophy of Olympism!


“Discover” is all about people trying new sports and activities they have never done before.

There are many ways to do this. NOCs could invite Olympians to do demonstrations of their sport or workshops in which participants can try the sport under the Olympian’s guidance.

NOCs could also work with local clubs and their members to showcase their sport and allow the general public to try it under their guidance.

Olympic Day is an opportunity for everyone to benefit from the experience of sports coaches and supervisors, meet high-level athletes, even active or retired Olympic champions, and to learn about, and try, their sports.