21 March 1966 The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was first proclaimed a United Nations’ Day of observance in 1966. The day was inspired by events that took place six years earlier, when police shot and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa. The Sharpeville Massacre is also observed as Human Rights’ Day locally. The theme for The International Day for The Elimination of Racial Discrimination is “Racism and Sport”.
The theme was chosen to highlight racism in sport, which has been a problem in sports around the world.