Coubertin Quote for Jul, 07
The rhythm of the Olympiads has entered the fabric of international life, and is now a regular factor in that life.Share
The success of the 1920 Antwerp Olympic Games, which were the first Games celebrated after World War I devasted Europe, convinced Baron Pierre de Coubertin that the Olympic future was bright. As he wrote in La Revue de la Semaine in January of 1922—in the article “Between Two Battles: Olympism and the Popular University”—he optimistically asserted that the cycle of four-year Olympiads had now become a permanent feature of the world’s sporting calendar. He was right—even though World War II would interrupt the string of Olympiads again in 1940 and 1944. Since then, however, the Baron’s prophetic observation has remained true. Despite all the challenges that have faced the Olympic Movement—war, politics, terrorism, boycotts, corruption, doping, costs overruns and rejection by referenda—we have now had an unbroken string of 19 Olympiads over the last 70 years. Across that span, the world has gathered for 19 Summer and 18 Winter Olympic Games. In two years, in Tokyo, we will celebrate the Games of the Thirty-Second Olympiad of the modern era—and extend the Baron’s legacy yet again. The future is bright, indeed.