Coubertin Quote for Feb, 27
Sport combines the only two things that, taken together, ensure peace among societies: teamwork and competition.Share
After he retired as president of the International Olympic Committee in 1925, Baron Pierre de Coubertin remained active as a writer and speaker, particularly on the subject of sports and education, which he had dedicated the rest of his life to. In November of 1928, he a delivered a speech on the Educational Use of Athletic Activity to the International Bureau of Sports Pedagogy. Today's quote is drawn from the passage that follows.
"I have heard (French educators) discussing the familiar but important topic of transferring athletic characteristics from the domain of sports to that of morals ... They were well aware that it is sport, with all its violent contact, its options and its opportunities, that prepares (excuse me! that can prepare) the body and the character for the battles of life. They sensed that sport combines the only two things that, taken together, ensure peace among societies: teamwork and competition."