Olympism [Edit]

Olympism is a philosophy that is felt to be the cornerstone of the Olympic Movement. It is not easily defined and probably means different things to different people. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) defines Olympism in the Olympic Charter as follows: “Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example, and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles. The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.”

Dr. John Powell, an eminent lecturer and author on Olympic ideals, has proposed another definition, which in 1986 was adopted by the Executive Committee of the Canadian Olympic Association, “Olympism is a harmony of ideas and ideals that affirm the value of Olympic sport in promoting and developing sound physical and moral qualities in individuals, and in contributing to a better and more peaceful world by enabling representatives of nations to meet in an atmosphere of mutual respect and international amity.”