Olympism promotes a way of life based on:
• The balanced development of body, will (character) and mind
• The joy found in effort
• The educational value of being a good role model for others
• Respect for universal ethics including tolerance, generosity, unity, friendship, non-discrimination and respect for others.
Olympism blends sport and culture with art and education to create a balanced way of life combining the human qualities of body, will and mind.
The International Olympic Movement aims to practically implement the Olympic Ideals through the Olympic family. The Olympic Movement embraces the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the National Olympic Committees, the International Sport Federations, the International Olympic Academy, the National Olympic Academies, athletes, sport officials and coaches, educationists and all persons and institutions whose goal is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practised without discrimination of any kind, and in the Olympic spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.
The IOC encourages the development of sport on all levels and cooperates with competent organizations and authorities to place sport, free of all discrimination at the service of humanity. It encourages the promotion of sport ethics and Olympic Ideals and takes measures to protect athletes and the unity of the Olympic Movement.
The IOC recognises education as the backbone of the Olympic Movement, and thus supports the International Olympic Academy and other institutions devoted to Olympic education.