First publication of the
Olympic Charter

In 1908, the first incarnation of the Olympic Charter was only 13 pages long and was entitled Annuaire du Comité International Olympique.

This text affirmed that the IOC was permanent and self-recruiting, with no more than three Members from any one country. Members were to be elected to indefinite terms. The President, charged with representing and administering the Committee, was permitted to appoint a secretary and a treasurer. He was elected for an initial term of 10 years and was eligible for re-election.

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The Olympic Charter is the codification of the fundamental principles of Olympism, and the rules and bye-laws adopted by the International Olympic Committee. It governs the organisation, actions and functioning of the Olympic Movement and establishes the conditions for the celebration of the Olympic Games. Among other things, it establishes the relations between the International Federations, National Olympic Committees and the Olympic Movement.
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Pierre de Coubertin
Baron Pierre de Coubertin was only 1,62 metres (5’3”) tall, but by many measures, he was a giant of the 20th century. Born into the French aristocracy on 1 January 1863, he became a champion of the common man, embracing the values of France’s Third Republic—liberty, equality, fraternity—as a young adult.
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Evolution of the IOC


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