The Olympic Spirit

From one edition of the Games to the next, there are champions, there are moments of extraordinary success, and even of disappointment. Carrying athletes and spectators through it all is the constant of the Olympic spirit.

Olympism is more than just a series of sports competitions. Its roots reach back to the sacred festivals of Ancient Greece. Re-imagined at the end of the 19th century by Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin, it draws on tradition, yet has built its own meaning and symbolism over more than a century of the modern Games.

Olympism is based on a principle, a philosophy of life, a spirit. As a sportsman and educator, Coubertin believed in harmony between body and mind, the joy of effort, the struggle for excellence and respect for others – these became the cornerstones of Olympism.

Its ambition has grown and developed over time, to encompass improving relations between people and how they live. With the Olympic Games as its international platform for demonstrating and achieving its key values, Olympism is built on:

Striving for Excellence, Demonstrating Respect and Celebrating Friendship.

Both ancient and modern, the Olympic Games have been a celebration of peace, uniting the world in all its diversity. As the pandemic’s impact continues to be felt, the Tokyo 2020 Games are finally upon us. Let these Games be a beacon of hope for people around the world.