Beyond the Olympics
Pierre de Coubertin can be regarded as a progressive-mined educator, who believed in and promoted the power of sport as a tool for character development and transnational understanding. He never tired of developing initiatives in this field that went beyond the governance of the Olympic Games and the organization of Olympic congresses. We have listed and described some of these initiatives in the following entries. We do not claim that our submissions are either extensive or complete. Therefore, we are requesting that our members submit further entries and help develop this knowledge base. Please contact Prof. Dr. Stephan Wassong to discuss possible inclusions.
Coubertin`s Medal Campaign in the USA
Pierre de Coubertin regarded the Olympic Games as a valuable tool to foster international friendship. The occasion of the Olympic Games should bring together representatives of different nations and would offer opportunities for personal meetings by which athletes and spectators alike would learn more about the culture and customs of other nations.
of Popular Sports
Among Pierre de Coubertin’s many enterprises, the Society of Popular Sports (SPS) is of particular note because, although most people know him primarily as the creator of the Modern Olympic Games, the SPS bears witness to the extent of his vision.
for Sport Reform
n 1930, the Bureau international de pédagogie sportive (BIPS) published the text of the Charter for Sport Reform, which was not signed but was actually drafted by Pierre de Coubertin, who was then 67 years of age. It is a seven-page brochure published in five versions: German, English, Spanish, French and Italian. Shortly after, they also appeared in bulletin 3 of the BIPS.
Pierre de Coubertin re-established the Olympic Games with the mission that the educational values, which sport was believed to develop, should not be experienced by the Olympic athletes alone. The Olympic Games and the athletes as role models should encourage citizens across all age groups and social classes to engage in sport in their leisure time.
From the beginning of the 1930s advancing age, financial and family worries limited Pierre de Coubertin’s activities. His gaze increasingly turned to considerations of securing and maintaining his work and the responsible development of the Olympic idea.
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In 1927 Pierre de Coubertin returned to Olympia after an absence of 31 years. The reason for his journey was the unveiling of a commemorative stele set up at the entrance of the altisto honour him as the founder of the modern Olympic Movement.