Fitness and Sports Day in Armenia Date in the current year: June 23, 2018

Fitness and Sports Day in Armenia Fitness and Sports Day, sometimes also referred to as Physical Culture Day, is an Armenian holiday celebrated on June 23 every year. Such a date was chosen to coincide with Olympic Day that commemorates the establishment of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894.

Fitness and Sports Day in Armenia was officially established in 2009. It was initiated by the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of the Republic of Armenia and the then-vice prime minister Armen Gevorgyan. The holiday was created to honor the achievements of Armenian athletes, as well as to promote fitness and healthy lifestyle among young people.

Armenia first participated in the Olympic Games in 1952 as part of the Soviet Union. Following the dissolution of the USSR, several Armenian athletes were part of the Unified Team made up of the former Soviet republics except the Baltic states. The Unified Team participated in the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville and the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

The National Olympic Committee of independent Armenia was formed in 1990 and officially recognized by the IOC in 1993. Armenia first participated in the Olympics as an independent nation at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, sending two bobsledders (Joe Almasian and Ken Topalian) who competed in the two man event and ranked 36. Since then, Armenia has sent its athletes to every Olympics.

As of 2018, Armenian Olympians have won a total of 14 medals at Summer Games (2 gold, 6 silver, 6 bronze) and no medals at Winter Games.

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Cultural Observances

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Armenia

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