Encyclopedia > Pierre de Coubertin

  Article Content

Pierre de Coubertin

Pedagogue and historian Baron Pierre de Coubertin (1 January 1863 -2 September 1937) is the founder of the modern Olympic Games.

Coubertin wanted to make sports an important part of the personal development of young people. He conceived of an international competition to promote athletics. To publicize these plans, he organised an international congress on 23 June 1894 at the Sorbonne in Paris. There he proposed to reinstate the ancient Olympic Games. Coubertin became general secretary of the newly founded International Olympic Committee (IOC). The first modern Olympiad was held in Athens, Greece, the country where the ancient games were held.

See also: 1896 Summer Olympics



All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

 
  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
 
 
  
  Featured Article
Michael Barrymore

... Barrymore Michael Barrymore, born 4 May 1952, is a British comedian famous for his variety shows. This article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by fixing ...

 
 
 
This page was created in 38.5 ms