on International day of education, the IOC is celebrating the educational legacy of Olympic Games around the world.
Today’s Olympic links between sport and education go back even further than the International Olympic Committee (IOC) itself. Baron Pierre de Coubertin, a French intellectual and founder of the IOC, was fascinated by education and the role of sport. He believed that organised sport created moral and social strength, and argued that sport at British schools was a major factor in the country’s 19th century expansion. He wanted to increase access to education and sport for young people around the world, regardless of race, nationality and income. And it was these ideas – in part – which led to the establishment of the modern Olympic Games, a