Coubertin Quote for Jan, 25
Why did I restore the Olympic Games? To ennoble and strengthen sports, to ensure their independence and duration, and thus to enable them to better fulfill the educational role incumbent upon them in the modern world.Share
As the founder of the modern Olympic Movement, Pierre de Coubertin was often asked about his motivations for resurrecting the Games. In this definitive statement, he made it clear that throughout his Olympic career, he remained true to his roots as an education reformer. For Coubertin, sports were an essential extension of the public-school curriculum, the key to developing the whole human being, intellectually, physically, emotionally. In his view, sport in the service of education would contribute to the development of modern society by cultivating better citizens as the youth of all countries learned the lessons of personal discipline and teamwork on the field of play.