The International Olympic Committee

The Olympic Games is the best known and the most famous sporting event in the world. It takes place every four years in a different specified city each time. For a city to be awarded the Olympic Games there is a long bid process whereby different cities bid against each other to be awarded the privilege of hosting the games.

The Olympic Games in 2012 are to be held in London.

As there is much tradition surrounding the Olympic Games and the core values of the Olympic Movement it is necessary for the structure surrounding the games to be set in stone by legislation.

The Olympic Charter

What is the Olympic Charter?

The Olympic Charter is the document which brings together the Fundamental Principles, Rules and Bye-laws adopted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).  The full role of the International Olympic Committee is set out in the Olympic Charter.

The Olympic Charter governs the organisation and running of the Olympic Movement and sets in stone the conditions by which the Olympic Games are held and celebrated.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC)

What is the International Olympic Committee (IOC)?

The International Olympic Committee is the supreme authority for the Olympic Movement.

The IOC ensures that there is full collaboration between all of the parties of the Olympic Family such as the National Olympic Committees (NOC’s), the International Sports Federations (IF’s), the athletes participating in the games and the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games (OCOG’s).

The IOC thus ensures the regular celebration of the Olympic Games, supports all affiliated member organisations of the Olympic Movement and strongly encourages the promotion of the Olympic Values.

What is the main role undertaken by the International Olympic Committee?

The role of the IOC is set forth in the Olympic Charter. It includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • To encourage and support the promotion of ethics in sport along with education of youth through sport

  • To promote fair play in sport and rid sport of violence

  • To encourage and support the organisation, development and coordination of sport and sports competitions

  • To ensure the regular celebration of the Olympic Games

  • To act against any form of discrimination affecting the Olympic Movement

  • To encourage and support the promotion of women in sport at all levels

  • To lead the fight against doping in sport

  • To encourage and support measures in order to protect the health of all athletes

  • To encourage and support the efforts of sports organisations and public authorities to provide for the social and professional future of athletes

  • To promote and attain a positive legacy from the Olympic Games to the host cities and host countries

  • To encourage and support initiatives to blend sport with culture and education

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For more information on:

  • Structure of the International Olympic Committee
  • The Olympic Movement
  • What is meant by the Olympic Movement?
  • What is the main objective of the Olympic Movement?