OLYMPISM "Olympism is not a system it is a state of mind - It can permeate a wide variety of modes of expression and no single race or era can claim to have the monopoly of it." Pierre de Coubertin

Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.

What are the Olympic Games?

The first written mention of the name “Olympic” dates back to 776 BC. Sports competitions were organized in Olympia, Greece and were named after their locations, hence their name of “Olympic” Games.

These Games were held at the same place, every four years. The four-year period acquired the name “Olympiad” and was used a date system and time was counted in Olympiads rather than years. This is one of the many traditions that remained with respect to the games and thus, the Olympic Games are held every four years.

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