IOC EB celebrates its 100th anniversary in ancient Olympia
The 100th anniversary of the Executive Board (EC) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was celebrated on Sunday. In the presence of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, the IOC EB met for a ceremony at the Coubertin Grove, the place where the heart of the IOC founder, Pierre de Coubertin, is buried in the ancient Olympia.
“I am sure that our admired and beloved founder, Pierre de Coubertin, is with us in spirit today. I hope that seeing us from above will warm his heart, which is so close to us here”, a said IOC President Thomas Bach. The creation of the IOC EB is one of Coubertin’s legacies. The first EC meeting took place on November 7, 1921. While it is not entirely clear why the EC was founded, the minutes of the very first EC meeting indicate that the rationale for the Executive Board, as it was called at the time, was to ensure the proper functioning of the IOC during the periods of absence of the IOC President. One hundred years ago, the newly created council was responsible for managing finances and ensuring that the IOC’s rules regarding the Olympic Games were observed and implemented.
The President of the IOC recalled in his speech that all the members of the EC are “only temporary custodians of great heritage. As our predecessors did before us, let us ensure that we continue to assume this responsibility with dignity so that we can pass on this wonderful legacy to the next generations of Olympic leaders. “After his speech, the IOC President and the President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, each planted an olive tree next to the Coubertin grove.
To close the ceremony, the IOC President and the IOC Vice-Presidents laid a wreath in memory of Pierre de Coubertin. (ANI)
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