Olympic games – Rio 2016
“The important thing at the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part”
“The most important thing in life is not triumph, but the struggle” – Pierre de Coubertin
Following a “games” dogged by controversy, it is easy to forget the Olympic values. Let this be a gentle reminder that Olympism abides by three essential values:
This value means “to do your best” in sport and in life. Its main idea is not to compare yourself to others, but to chase your own personal goals, with determination and effort. The most important thing is not winning, but taking part, progress towards your personal goals and striving to do your best in everyday life.
This value refers to the construction of a better move, peaceful world through teamspirit, joy and optimism.
This value represents the ethical principle that should inspire all those who participate in the Olympic Games. It includes respect for yourself, your body and for others. It is an essential value to apply not just to the Games but to everyday life.
While congratulating not just our medal winners but “our athletes” let us remember that those aspiring to compete in the Olympic Games 2020 will probably begin their training journey today. In the Olympics as in life a balance of determination, effort and commitment to excellence is not achieved easily but, by overcoming daily struggles despite often overwhelming odds.