The day when a sportsman stops thinking above all else of the happiness in his own effort and the intoxication of the power and physical balance he derives from it the day when he lets considerations of vanity or interest take over on this day his ideal will die.
Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort the educational value of a good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.
May joy and good fellowship reign and in this manner may the Olympic Torch pursue its way through ages increasing friendly understanding among nations for the good of a humanity always more enthusiastic more courageous and more pure.
For me sport was a religion… with religious sentiment.
All sports for all people.
All sports must be treated on the basis of equality.