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Zagreb, 23 June – on the occasion of Olympic Day, 23 June, President of the Croatian Olympic Committee Zlatko Matesa and Secretary General Josip Cop congratulated all athletes, sports officials, business partners, the whole sporting public and sports and Olympic fans on behalf of the Croatian Olympic family: "On behalf of the Croatian Olympic family, we wish you a Happy Olympic Day – a day of an excellent idea, which makes us – in different circumstances but with the same Olympic inspiration - the role models of excellence in friendship, promotion of peace, tolerance and understanding, dedicated to the welfare worthy of man and society.”

Zagreb, 23 June – on the occasion of Olympic Day, 23 June, President of the Croatian Olympic Committee Zlatko Matesa and Secretary General Josip Cop congratulated all athletes, sports officials, business partners, the whole sporting public and sports and Olympic fans on behalf of the Croatian Olympic family: “On behalf of the Croatian Olympic family, we wish you a Happy Olympic Day – a day of an excellent idea, which makes us – in different circumstances but with the same Olympic inspiration - the role models of excellence in friendship, promotion of peace, tolerance and understanding, dedicated to the welfare worthy of man and society.”

23 June was declared Olympic Day by a decision of the International Olympic Committee in 1948. It was based on the historic fact that it was exactly on that day in 1894 that the proposal to revive the modern Olympic Games and the groundwork for the IOC statutes, today’s Olympic Charter, had been unanimously adopted at the international Olympic Congress organized and led by Pierre de Coubertin and held in Paris for nine days.

The Croatian Olympic Committee will celebrate Olympic Day at the Mladost Sports Park Stadium in Zagreb on 23 June from 10 to 13:30. Eminent Olympians will gather there, as will the first candidates for the first ever Youth Olympic Games to be held in Singapore in 2010, and almost 500 elementary school pupils from throughout Croatia, who will also mark the Universal Sports School Day.

The program prepared by the Croatian Olympic Committee, the Croatian Olympians Club, the Croatian Olympic Academy and the Croatian School Sports Association will include Croatian Olympians Vlado Sola, Perica Bukic, Stojko Vrankovic, Gordan Kozulj, Martina Zubcic, Tomislav Paskvalin, Damir Skaro, Mirza Dzomba and Danira Bilic, as well as promising young future Olympians, candidates for the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore: Romana Tea Kirinic, Filip Borosa, Ivan Biondic, Ivan Capan, Luka Fucec, Mateja Jeger, Rea Budic and Valentina Pereglin.

IOC President Jacques Rogge said that this day was not like state or other holidays; it wasn't specific to a country and it wasn't about celebrating any individual. „It's a day to celebrate a dream“. President of the Croatian Olympic Committee Zlatko Matesa stressed that „ ... Olympic Day is more than the birthday celebration of a vision. It's clearly a concept of Olympic joy and creativity of numerous generations.“