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11 Aug 2004
IOC News , Juridical

Revision of the Olympic Charter

During its second working day, the 116th IOC Session took note of the proposals to revise the Olympic Charter on which it had to make a decision. The objective of this revision is above all to lend more clarity to the text.

New: an introduction, a preamble and six fundamental principles
The proposed draft submitted to IOC members features six fundamental principles instead of the nine in place at the moment. An introduction and a preamble have been added. The first three fundamental principles present Olympism (“a philosophy of life […] combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind”), its aim (“place everywhere sport at the service of the harmonious development of man”) and its action (“concerted, organised, universal and permanent”).

Respect for the Charter
As for the last three fundamental principles, they recall that “sport is a human right”; that “any form of discrimination with regard to a country, or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender, or otherwise, is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement”; and finally that “belonging to the Olympic Movement requires compliance with the Olympic Charter and recognition by the IOC”.
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