Coubertin Quote for Feb, 26
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.Share
In South Korea, the world has just witnessed Olympism at work on a truly historic level. We have just seen a very clear example of the unique ability of the Olympic Movement to place sport at the service of humanity. Now that the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games have ended, the central question before everyone is whether the goodwill generated between North and South Korea during the Games can serve as the basis for a more enduring peace initiative. If Baron Pierre de Coubertin were alive today, he would be applauding the extraordinary circumstances of the Olympic détente that unfolded through these Games. And he would have recognized the echo of his own words in the quote above, which is second of seven 'Fundamental Principles of Olympism' found in the current edition of the Olympic Charter, which, in essence, governs the direction of the Olympic Movement and the operation of the Olympic Games.