Sportsman's Day

Breathe deep, hands wider,
Not hurry — three-four!
Pep, grace and plastic —
obshcheukrepljajushchej,
morning sobering
(if still alive)
Gymnastics!
Vladimir Vysotsky "Morning exercises"



Sportsman's Day is celebrated in Russia on the second Saturday in August on the basis of the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR number 3018-X "On holidays and memorial days" of October 1 1980, as amended by the Decree of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR number 9724-XI «On Amendments to the legislation of the USSR on holidays and memorial days" of November 1 in 1988.

This holiday is widely used in the 20's and 30's of the 20th century, in the early decades of Soviet rule, when Communist propagandists introduced the slogan: "A healthy body — healthy mind».

on April 18 was established in 1923 proletarian Moscow sports society "Dynamo». The company was founded by a group of employees and military personnel of the OGPU and was created as an organization, providing the opportunity to exercise security officials and law enforcement.

on April 19 1935 Decision of the CPC Soviet-Union was established trade union-cooperative Voluntary Sports Society "Spartacus», which has played a significant role in the history of Soviet sport.

Athletes have become one of the most popular people in the country. Neither festive demonstration did not pass without gymnasts, football players and other members of the sporting fraternity. In universities and colleges began to open physical training departments, and later the whole educational institutions train future athletes.

That's when authorities realized that a healthy nation can not exist without a broad initiation to the physical training, and career related to sports and physical culture, became popular and in demand.

Today Sportsman's Day otshiroko continue to celebrate in our country. In many Russian cities are all kinds of sporting events and holidays.