Coubertin Quote for Dec, 13
In the proud and independent atmosphere of Lausanne, Olympism will find guarantees of the freedom it must enjoy in order to move forward.Share
When World War I broke out in 1914, Baron Pierre de Coubertin made plans to move the headquarters of the IOC from France—then engulfed in the conflict—to neutral Switzerland. He had conducted an Olympic Congress in Lausanne in 1913 and knew that city would provide an ideal epicenter for the future of the Olympic Movement. On April 10, 1915, Coubertin and Swiss IOC Member Godefroy de Blonay met with the Mayor of Lausanne, Professor Paul Maillefer, and signed the agreement that made Lausanne the permanent headquarters of the Olympic Movement. Members of the organizing committee for the 1913 Olympic Congress were charged with setting up the archives and an Olympic Museum. The minutes from that historic meeting are pictured below. This passage is from the Baron’s remarks during the signing ceremony. Today, in fulfillment of the Baron's hopes and dreams, Lausanne continues to serve as an enchanting and highly effective worldwide Olympic capital.
“In the proud and independent atmosphere of Lausanne, Olympism will find guarantees of the freedom it must enjoy in order to move forward…. Gentlemen, please accept our heartfelt gratitude for the welcome that the noble and illustrious city of Lausanne has shown the International Olympic Committee. In its name, I declare that from this day forward, the International Olympic Committee has chosen to reside here within your walls, and to make its headquarters here.”