Coubertin Quote for Dec, 04
This growing popularity of sport among the working class is an undeniable guarantee for the survival of Olympism.Share
As he concluded his Olympic Memoirs in the early 1930s, Baron Pierre de Coubertin predicted a healthy future for the Olympic Movement and the philosophy of Olympism. In a prophetic note, he stated that sport would survive regardless of the political power struggles between the nations of the world. He proclaimed that sport was the birthright of every man, woman and child—and that nothing could replace it. The passage below, which rings with the hopes the Baron had for the survival of his legacy, appears in Legends, the last chapter of his Olympic Memoir.
“Anyway, this growing popularity of sport among the working class is an undeniable guarantee for the survival of Olympism—whatever the outcome of the duel waged between two totally opposed social systems for the possession of power throughout the universe. It also implies recognition of the vital fact, strongly contested until quite recently, that sport is not a luxury pastime, an activity for the leisured few, nor merely a form of muscular compensation for mental activity. For every man, woman and child, sport offers an opportunity for self-improvement quite independent of profession or position in life. It is the prerogative of all, equally and to the same degree, and nothing can replace it."