POSTED: June 23rd 2009
Appointments wishes everyone a very Happy Olympic Day!

IOC Headquarters in Lausanne / Image: lake images
IOC Headquarters in Lausanne / Image: lake images

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: What an exciting year for the Olympic Movement with so many things going on in this interim between the Beijing summer Games and the Vancouver winter Games.

The IOC has four fantastic bid cities vying for the 2016 summer Games with Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. All four just gave extremely professional briefings in Lausanne last week for the IOC Members.

There are seven highly competitive bid sports also looking for a place on the Olympic Programme for 2016. All super sports baseball, golf, karate, roller sports, rugby, softball, and squash bringing their particular specialty in hopes of being added to the Olympics roster.

IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge will be running for his second term of office at the October session in Copenhagen. The Olympic Congress will be held this year along with the session. A congress hasn’t been held since the Centennial Olympic Congress held in Paris in 1994. It will be a remarkable year for the Movement.

This 2009 year promised lots of excitement and turning points.

Olympic Day was started in 1948 to celebrate the creation of the International Olympic Committee on 23 June 1894 and the revival of the Olympic Games. In 1987 the tradition of the Olympic Day Run was launched to involve people around the world and get them moving to experience the Olympic values.

It has proved a day for all the national Olympic committees and the international federations to celebrate and share the Olympic Spirit.

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