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The Olympic Movement Introduction



The Olympic Movement is the concerted, organised, universal and permanent action, carried out under the supreme authority of the IOC, of all individuals and entities who are inspired by the values of Olympism.


It covers the five continents. It reaches its peak with the bringing together of the world’s athletes at the great sports festival, the Olympic Games. Its symbol is five interlaced rings.


The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practised in accordance with Olympism and its values.


Belonging to the Olympic Movement requires compliance with the Olympic Charter and

recognition by the IOC.


The three main constituents of the Olympic Movement are the International Olympic

Committee (“IOC”), the International Sports Federations (“IFs”) and the National Olympic

Committees (“NOCs”).


In addition to its three main constituents, the Olympic Movement also encompasses the

Organising Committees of the Olympic Games (“OCOGs”), the national associations,

clubs and persons belonging to the IFs and NOCs, particularly the athletes, whose

interests constitute a fundamental element of the Olympic Movement’s action, as well as

the judges, referees, coaches and the other sports officials and technicians. It also

includes other organisations and institutions as recognised by the IOC.