President Bach pays tribute to Pierre de Coubertin on the anniversary of his death

02 Sep 2015
IOC News IOC President

To commemorate the anniversary of the death of the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach held a small ceremony today at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne.

President Bach laid a wreath at the statue of Coubertin that sits in the IOC grounds directly outside his office.

“We owe Baron Pierre de Coubertin a great deal”, said President Bach. “It is thanks to him that we exist as an organisation. It is also thanks to him that we have our headquarters here in Lausanne, where this year we celebrate 100 years since he made the ‘Olympic Capital’ our home.”

Coubertin established the Olympic Movement and the IOC on 23 June 1894. He was IOC President from 1896 to 1925. In 1915, Coubertin moved the administrative offices of the IOC to Lausanne from Paris. Celebrations marking the 100-year bond between the IOC and the city of Lausanne have taken place throughout 2015.

Coubertin died on 2 September 1937. In accordance with his final wishes, his body was buried at the Bois de Vaux cemetery in Lausanne, and his heart was placed in a marble stele commemorating the revival of the Olympic Games in Olympia. 

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