Olympic Day Message

Thoma Bach

Dear participants of Olympic Day 2016,
Thank you for joining this celebration of Olympic Day. You are part of
a growing global event.
Like you, people around the whole world are commemorating the founding
of the Olympic Movement by sharing the joy of sport and fellowship rooted
in Olympic values.
Some of you are participating in Olympic Day runs. Others are learning new
sports, or are enjoying Olympic-themed cultural events.
Olympic Day is for everyone, regardless of age or athletic ability.
The important thing is to get the couch potatoes off the couch.
Although Olympic Day commemorates an historic event, its goals are aimed
at the future and particularly at young people. Olympic Day is an opportunity
to remind people that sport is not just for watching. We want to inspire all
people to get active and to have fun.
Thank you for doing your part by getting off the couch. Please encourage
others to do the same—not just on Olympic Day, but as part of a healthier
and happier life.

Enjoy the day, and please keep the spirit of Olympic Day alive throughout
the year.
Thomas Bach
IOC President