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  • News | IOC News

    Refugee athletes give back to their communities

    While attempting to qualify for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in 2021, many of the 51 Refugee Athlete Scholarship-holders are balancing intense training schedules with efforts to give back to their host communities and support fellow refugees in navigating the additional challenges caused the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, we put the spotlight on four inspirational projects that are showing other refugees what’s possible.
    04 Dec 2020 | Olympic News, IOC News, Refugee Olympic Team
  • News | Olympic News

    Art and sport: Pierre de Coubertin’s vision is just as relevant today!

    Following the initiative of Pierre de Coubertin, who wanted to combine “muscles and mind” at the Games, seven editions, from 1912 to 1948, included Olympic events in painting, sculpture, literature, music and architecture. After these were dropped, the cultural programmes created for the Games successfully continued the vision of the man who revived the Games.
    15 Sep 2020 | Olympic News, IOC News, Culture and Olympic Education, Legacy
  • News | Olympic News

    The oldest of the modern Olympic emblems is an anthem!

    You will certainly have heard it if you have ever watched an Olympic Games opening ceremony. A sumptuous piece of music like something out of a 19th century opera. What is its story? We take a look at the 124-year-old Olympic Anthem.
    08 Sep 2020 | Olympic News, Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony
  • News | Antwerp 1920

    The “Red Devils” at the top of world football at Antwerp 1920

    At a time when the most important, in fact the only, international football competition took place at the Olympic Games, the Antwerp 1920 tournament was of particular importance, as it brought together more teams and players than ever before, and for the first time an African team (Egypt) took part. In this sense, it was the forerunner of the FIFA World Cup, which was created 10 years later. Belgium won the gold medal in front of the home crowd, and this win remains the only major title achieved by the “Red Devils”.
    02 Sep 2020 | Olympic News, Antwerp 1920, Football, Belgium
  • News | Legacy

    The remarkable story of the Athletes’ Parade

    As everyone knows, the Olympic Games opening ceremonies begin with the joyous parade of athletes marching behind their flag-bearers. We see them again in an emotional reunion at the closing ceremonies. But did you know how it all began, and why all the participants come together as one at the end of the Games? Let’s go back in time 110 years.
    01 Sep 2020 | Olympic News, IOC News, Legacy
  • News | Tokyo 2020

    Olympic flame displayed at Japan Olympic Museum

    The Olympic flame will be on public display at the Japan Olympic Museum in Tokyo, as of 1 September. The lantern was delivered during a special ceremony prepared by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee. It will remain there until 1 November.
    31 Aug 2020 | Olympic News, Tokyo 2020, All about Tokyo 2020, Torch Relay
  • News | IOC News

    In 1913, Pierre de Coubertin designed one of the world's most famous symbols

    The Olympic rings represent the five continents and all nations united by Olympism. Today, they make up of the most famous and recognised symbols in the world. Did you know that it was a mere 20 years after the re-establishment of the Olympic Games that Pierre de Coubertin presented his emblem to the 1914 Olympic Congress in Paris? While he is remembered for being an educator, historian and founder of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), he was also a talented designer. Read on for the full history of the Olympic rings.
    18 Aug 2020 | Olympic News, IOC News
  • News | IOC News

    How Lausanne came to meet its Olympic destiny

    In 1915, there was nothing to suggest that Lausanne would become the epicentre of the sporting world. Today, the five interlocking rings welcome travellers as they arrive at the railway station – and this is by no means the only expression of the Olympic spirit in the city. While Lausanne, nestled on the northern shores of Lake Geneva, is now known internationally as the Olympic Capital, it owes this status to the resolve of a certain French baron who had fallen in love with the area, and to the terrible context of the First World War.
    11 Aug 2020 | Olympic News, IOC News, Lausanne 2020
  • News | RIO 2016

    Basketball coach sealed Serbia’s Olympic water polo success, says world’s best player

    Four years ago, the Serbian men’s water polo team stood on the brink of yet more Olympic heartache. The reigning world and European champions arrived at Rio 2016 as overwhelming favourites, yet after opening with two draws and a loss they faced elimination and humiliation until, led by defender Filip Filipović, the team said, “No, not this time…”
    10 Aug 2020 | Olympic News, RIO 2016, Water Polo, Serbia
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