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11 Sep 2014
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IOC President pays tribute to legacy of Pierre de Coubertin

IOC President Thomas Bach today placed a wreath on the grave of Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Movement, at the Bois-de-Vaux cemetery in Lausanne, in tribute to the legacy and vision of the French nobleman.

Coubertin, who died on 2 September 1937, is buried in the Olympic Capital, where he established the IOC headquarters in 1915. By decree of his will, his heart was buried separately in Olympia, Greece.

“Coubertin was a man of both vision and reform. He was always looking at new ways to achieve his goals and always open to different cultures of sport. He knew how to create unity through diversity,” said President Bach, who yesterday marked his first full year in office.

Attending the ceremony were the members of the Culture and Education Commission, which is meeting today at the IOC headquarters to contribute to Olympic Agenda 2020, the roadmap that will shape the future of the Olympic Movement.  A number of other commissions are scheduled to meet for discussions on Olympic Agenda 2020 in the next few days. Their contributions will form part of the recommendations that will be discussed by the IOC Executive Board in October and ultimately be presented to the IOC Session at the end of the year in Monaco.

“Part of Coubertin’s genius was to adapt the values of Olympism to the modern world,” President Bach continued. “I am pretty sure that he is looking down on us, watching carefully what we are doing with his heritage and how we adapt to modern times. I know that, if he was with us, he would actively contribute to our discussions and come up with many more visionary ideas to help us in our endeavour. Let’s not forget about him when making our decisions.” 


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