PV Sindhu, Vinesh Phogat to represent India in live Olympic Day celebrations

Olympic Day, established in 1948, commemorates the initiation of the modern Olympic Games.

By Utathya Nag

Indian badminton star PV Sindhu and wrestler Vinesh Phogat will take part in the live Olympic Day 2020 celebrations, organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), on June 23.

The Olympic Day, established back in 1948, commemorates the initiation of the modern Olympic Games on 23rd June 1894.

The occasion is a celebration of the Olympic values globally and a platform to promote participation in sport, regardless of age, gender or athletic ability.

PV Sindhu, a silver medallist from the Rio 2016 Games, will join Olympic athletes from 20 different time zones around the globe to lead live workout sessions on the official Olympics Instagram handle at 11am local time.

She will be logging in from her home in Hyderabad. All the athletes will all go live at 11am in their respective local time zones.

Asian Games and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat, meanwhile, will be part of a pre-recorded Olympic Day Workout video montage featuring 23 different Olympians from across the world.

The athletes will be seen showcasing their favourite workout routines in the video. The pre-recorded compilation will be available on the Olympic Channel website.

It is set to be the world’s largest 24-hour digital Olympic workout event.

A special celebration

The Olympic Day 2020 celebrations are an extension of the IOC’s #StayStrong, #StayActive, #StayHealthy campaign which was initiated after the COVID-19 pandemic forced a worldwide lockdown and led to the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

As part of the venture, almost 5,000 Olympians from over 50 countries have engaged with 243 million people online by sharing their daily workouts and uplifting tips on how to stay healthy mentally and physically in these testing times.

“Celebrating Olympic Day may feel very different from all previous years, but at the same time, on this Olympic Day, our message of the power of sport to bring hope and optimism to everyone resonates even stronger,” IOC President Thomas Bach stated in a special video message.

“Let us join together to use this power of sport to prepare the postponed Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 as a moment of solidarity and resilience of humankind,” he added.