Le rétablissement des Jeux Olympiques : discours fondateur = Restoring the Olympic Games : founding speech / Comité International Olympique

International Olympic Committee

Edited by Comité International Olympique - 2020

When Pierre de Coubertin, at the age of 29, first outlined his vision for restoring the Olympic Games on 25 November 1892 at the Sorbonne University in Paris, he laid the philosophical foundations for the International Olympic Committee, which he established two years later. This seminal speech can be considered the founding moment of the Olympic Movement. In this historic manuscript, the mission of the Olympic Movement to put sport at the service of the peaceful development of humankind was already clear. Well over a century later, Coubertin’s vision to make the world a better and more peaceful place through sport lives on. In this brochure, the significance of the Olympic Manifesto manuscript is put into historical context. The reader is given important insights and analysis into Coubertin’s thinking and the influences that shaped his vision for the Olympic Games. This publication explains why his ideas on the power of sport and its contribution to a more peaceful world have stood the test of time. The original manuscript of the Olympic Manifesto returned to its home at The Olympic Museum in 2020, thanks to the generous donation of Alisher Usmanov.

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