"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."
(Olympic Charter, Fundamental Principles, paragraph 1)
Pierre de Coubertin regarded himself first and foremost as an educator. As he saw it, sport should form part of every young person's education, in the same way as science, literature and art. His aim was thereby to offer a harmonious education of the body and mind. The Olympic Games enabled Coubertin to give his educational concept the international visibility and scope it needed. Highlighted by the Games, the concept could become permanent, independent of the holding of the Games. The Olympic Movement upholds Coubertin's principles. Today, education through Olympism is therefore universal, essentially based on the fundamental human values. Education linked to Olympism involves two orientations:
- 1) Research on Olympism (the academic world)
- 2) Teaching through Olympism (children, adolescents and athletes)
- - Academic programmes
- - Youth programmes
(Text taken from www.olympic.org)