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Historical roots of the educational ideas of Pierre de Coubertin

ByRoland Naul, Deanna Binder

The modern revival of the Olympic Games in the nineteenth century was an educational project. Pierre de Coubertin, a French educational reformer, launched a campaign to have physical activity included in his nation’s educational curriculum. In this regard, his activities and writings date back to long before his successful efforts at a conference in Paris in 1894 (the Sorbonne Congress) to organize an international Olympic Games. His enthusiasm for education as a mission of his newly-established International Olympic Committee (IOC) was sustained until his resignation as the second President of the IOC in Prague 1925, and then later through his establishment of another organization to promote physical education in schools.