At this time, the quickest, easiest way to register is as an individual OLY/PLY stakeholder. This immediately adds you as an honorary/virtual 'Torch Bearer' to the global OPC-DOS 23 campaign and starts the qualification process for your Host City. Registering/joining below simply means you support the concept of a day to celebrate OLY/PLY-inspired Peace & Solidarity. Nothing more, nothing less.
To connect you correctly to your Host City where you now live, we request the information below.
Data Use Note:
Option 1: Registration Only
By registering, you have taken an important step for the initiative and your host city and we salute you as a Host City honorary/virtual 'Torch Bearer'. This year it is all that is asked of you. Thank you!
Option 2: Become a Host City virtual 'Flag Bearer', build A Host City Team, and create a Host City Proclamation
You can ask to be connected with other athletes and stakeholders near your Host City. We have a draft Host City Proclamation for your team to individualize (...and possibly read or post at the Mayor’s office or a legacy site or an event).
Many host cities have no official OLY/PLY legacy group of the Games. A Host City Team can be formed by any mix of passionate local OLY/PLY stakeholders (see diagram to left). A Team 'Flag Bearer' (athlete where feasible) may be chosen to lead the local process and recruit other team members.
Option 3: Create A Community Event
As mentioned above, you Host City Team many want to create supporting activities, large or small, like a public reading of the Host City proclamation, flame ceremony, or pairing up with a existing Olympic Day event to bring OPC-DPS 23 to life and attract citizens and visitors to participate.
Supporting activities are optional; they can be simple or elaborate and their planning and implementation can take a few days or a few weeks -- it all depends on the imagination and resources of each Host City Team.
OPC-DPS 23 supporting events could include a 'Flame' ceremony or event, celebrity athlete speaking events, fun runs/walks, music events, school events, or big-screen public viewings of videos recapping the highlights and 'Golden Moments' of that Host City's Games (see below).
This small Olympic Alpine Village did not have the resources for a big event so the local Olympic Museum posted the event on their electronic bulletin-board and scheduled a reception for local athletes and enthusiasts. The Host City Proclamation was read by the Museum Director and local athletes. A replica relay torch from the museum's collection was passed around at the reading which was featured on the local news stations.
The Olympic and Paralympic athletes of this Host City created their own Host City Team (local organizing/sponsoring group) to join this year's campaign and return the Participation/ Signatory Form. Because of timing and resource issues, that was all the Host City Team could do this year -- but it was enough to participate in OPC-DPS 23! In future years, a 5k fun run/walk race through the city led by both Olympic and Paralympic racers is envisioned.
This city hosted the Youth Games and emphasized youth during their OPC-DPS 23 events. They conducted a citywide schools art competition to design the official Host City OPC-DPS 23 poster. Finalists received a certificate from the mayor and interviews by local media. At the official proclamation and flame lighting event, 129 white doves were released into the sky, one dove for every year since the founding of the modern Olympic movement in 1894.
OPC-DPS 23 Timeline/Key Dates:
OPC-DPS 23 Global Project Manager. Questions or Suggestions?: Please contact Charles Altekruse OLY (USA Rowing ’80 & ’88 and former Unites States Olympians & Paralympians Association, USOPA, Vice President) - firstname.lastname@example.org; Mobile/WhatsApp: +1 510-913-3669; Skype: caltekruse
Global OPC-DPS 23 Zoom Info Call. Interested individuals and organizations are invited to join a ZOOM Call with Charles. Interested stakeholders can contact Charles to set up a personalized Zoom Call.
Global OPC-DPS 23 Advisory Board. Please contact Charles Altekruse if you are interested in joining our board.
PIERRE DE COUBERTIN, Founder, modern Olympic movement