For today’s Olympic Movement, Olympism is constructed around three core values :
excellence through fair play, friendship and respect.
Excellence through fair play: In the Olympic ideal, this value refers to giving one’s best, on the field of play or in life, without over¬emphasising comparative performance yet still being determined to reach one’s personal objectives. It is not only about winning, but also participating, and making progress against personal goals, striving to be and to do our best in our daily lives and benefiting from the healthy combination of a strong body, mind and will.
Friendship: Men and women are at the centre of the Olympic Movement, which encourages links and mutual understanding between people. This value refers to building a peaceful and better world through solidarity, team spirit, joy and optimism in sport.
The Olympic Games inspire people to overcome political, economic, gender, racial or religious differences and forge friendships in spite of those differences. For athletes, this means forming life-long bonds with their team-mates, as well as their opponents.
Respect : This value represents a principle which should inspire all those who take part in Olympic programmes. Respect for oneself and one’s body, respect for one another, for the rules as well as for the environment. It refers to the fair-play attitude that athletes should have, and to their commitment to avoid doping.
The values of excellence, friendship and respect are the foundation upon which the Olympic Movement brings together sport, culture and education for the betterment of human beings.