The International Olympic Committee and the Olympic System: by Jean-Loup Chappelet

By Jean-Loup Chappelet

When the athletes input the stadium and the Olympic flame is lit, the entire international watches. Billions will proceed to stick to the occasions and to proportion within the athletes' joys and sorrows for the subsequent 16 days.

Readers of this ebook, notwithstanding, will watch drawing close variants of the Olympic video games in a totally various mild. in contrast to many ancient or reliable guides and a bit biased advertisement works, it offers -- in a transparent, readable shape -- informative and engaging fabric on many elements of what Olympism is all approximately: its background, its association and its actors.

Although public recognition is frequently attracted to a variety of matters surrounding this planetary phenomenon -- even if in regards to the foreign Olympic Committee, the athletes, the host towns or maybe the scandals that experience arisen -- the Olympic procedure as such is comparatively little recognized. What are its constructions, its pursuits, its assets? How is it ruled and controlled? What approximately doping, gigantism, violence within the stadium?

In addition to supplying a wealth of knowledge on a lot of these matters, the authors additionally express how energy, cash and picture have reworked Olympism over the many years. They around off the paintings with thought-provoking reflections concerning the way forward for the Olympic process and the hindrances it needs to triumph over in an effort to survive.

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These phrases, deep in meaning, were adopted in 1990 and at the time constituted the first official definition of the word “Olympism,” a neologism developed by Coubertin to denote the ideology associated with the modern Games. ”2 It places more emphasis on its coordinating role within the Olympic movement than on one of authority, which is somewhat problematic to impose on its components, notably the IFs. In Article 3, devoted to its mission, the IOC assigns itself no less than 16 tasks concerning the development of top-level and mass sport and defending ideals for which it considers itself the guarantor, such as peace, fair play, ethics in sport, the fight 26 International Olympic Committee against doping and all kinds of discrimination, the promotion of women, of athletes, of sustainable development and of Olympic education.

Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example, and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles. The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of man, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with preserving human dignity” (Fundamental Principles 2 and 3). These phrases, deep in meaning, were adopted in 1990 and at the time constituted the first official definition of the word “Olympism,” a neologism developed by Coubertin to denote the ideology associated with the modern Games.

A Special Representative, who is a senior member of the IOC Administration, assists the commission as well as the Olympic organizations and collaborates with them to enhance ethical standards in the Olympic movement. It must be pointed out that the Ethics Commission remains an IOC commission. As such it only takes conclusions and recommendations, which it submits to the IOC Executive Board. When it is charged with 18 A brief overview of the Olympic system a complaint or a denunciation, the Ethics Commission undertakes a confidential investigation.

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