Olympic Values and Olympism
The three core values of the Olympic Movement, which inspire us on individual and organisational levels, are:
Excellence: This value stands for giving one's best, on the field of play or in the professional arena. It is not only about winning, but also about participating, making progress against personal goals, striving to be and to do our best in our daily lives and benefiting from the healthy combination of a strong body, mind and will.
Friendship: This value encourages us to consider sport as a tool for mutual understanding among individuals and people from all over the world. The Olympic Games inspire humanity to overcome political, economic, gender, racial or religious differences and forge friendships in spite of those differences.
Respect: This value incorporates respect for oneself, one's body, for others, for the rules and regulations, for sport and the environment. Related to sport, respect stands for fair play and for the fight against doping and any other unethical behaviour.
THE PRINCIPLES OF OLYMPISM
The principles of Olympism, described below, amplify the Olympic values and allow them to be expressed in a way that drives far-reaching social change.
Non-Discrimination. The Olympic Movement strives to ensure that sport is practised without any form of discrimination whatsoever.
Sustainability. The Olympic Movement organises and delivers programmes in a way that promotes sustainable economic, social and environmental development.
Humanism. The Olympic Movement's activities place human beings at the centre of its attention, ensuring that the practice of sport remains a human right.
Universality. Sport belongs to everyone. In all its decisions and actions, the Olympic Movement takes into account the universal impact sport can have on individuals and society.
Solidarity. The Olympic Movement is committed to developing programmes that, together, create a meaningful and comprehensive social response to issues within its sphere of influence.
Alliance between sport, education and culture. The Olympic Movement is committed to promoting the spirit of Olympism, which emerges at the convergence of sport, culture and education.