India celebrates the 125th anniversary of the Olympic movement on Olympic Day

23 June 2019 New Delhi, India: The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) along with its member units joins millions from around the world to celebrate the joy of sport on the occasion of world Olympic Day.

On this very day, 125 years ago, on the 23rd of June 1894 at the University of Sorbonne in Paris, Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee and revived the Olympic Games.

Marking this special occasion, the International Olympic Committee today officially opened the Olympic House in Lausanne, Switzerland. Addressing the ceremony, President Bach, himself an Olympic champion in fencing, said: "By bringing the entire world together in peaceful competition, the Olympic Games are a symbol of hope and peace for all humankind. The ones who embody this message are the Olympic athletes. This is why we have among us today Olympic athletes who represent over 125 Olympic medals. They gave the Olympic Games the magic moments that have defined us for 125 years. Therefore, I say to all my fellow Olympians: welcome home."

In attendance were also Olympic Champion Abhinav Bindra, IOC Honorary Member Raja Randhir Singh, President of IOA Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra and Secretary General Rajeev Mehta.