Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 30th 2014 Contents to be and to do your best in your daily lives and ben-
efiting from a strong body, mind and will.
Friendship: This value encourages the use of sport
as a tool for mutual understanding among individuals
and people from all over the world. The Olympic
Games inspire humanity to overcome political, eco-
nomic, gender, racial or religious differences and
forge friendships in spite of those differences.
Respect: This value incorporates respect for oneself,
one's body, for others, for the rules and regulations,
for sport and the environment. Related to sport,
respect stands for fair play and for the fight against
doping and any other unethical behaviour.
THE PRINCIPLES OF OLYMPISM
The principles of Olympism reflect the Olympic
values and allow them to be expressed in a way
that fosters social change.
Non-Discrimination. The Olympic Movement
strives to ensure that sport is practised without any
form of discrimination .
Sustainability. The Olympic Movement organises
and delivers programmes in a way that promotes
sustainable economic, social and environmental devel-
Humanism. The Olympic Movement's activities
place human beings at the centre of its attention,
ensuring that the practice of sport remains a human
Universality. Sport belongs to everyone. In all its
decisions and actions, the Olympic Movement takes
into account the universal impact sport can have on
individuals and society.
Solidarity. The Olympic Movement is committed
to developing programmes that, together, create a
meaningful and comprehensive response to issues
within its sphere of influence.
Collaboration between sport, education and cul-
ture. The Olympic Movement is committed to pro-
moting the spirit of Olympism, through the coop-
eration of sport, culture and education.
As the Olympic movement opens up decision-
making, ensuring that it is more transparent and
accountable, it is through partnership, with govern-
ment, civil society and the private sector that the
movement can maximise the impact of sport for
"It is more powerful than governments in breaking
down racial barriers. Sport has the power to change
the world." Nelson Mandela's famous quote has pro-
vided global sport and the Olympic Movement with
a powerful endorsement.
The spoken words of the iconic world figure provide
clarity in explaining the intent of the Olympic Move-
ment---sport changes lives.
The Olympic movement is a meeting place where
ideas are shared and developed and optimism and
creativity are nurtured. It is where sport and the
people who play sport are at the centre of every
thought and action.
The Olympic values matter. Olympism matters.
Brian Lewis is the President of the Trinidad and
Tobago Olympic Committee. The views expressed
are not necessarily those of the Olympic
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
It s easy to be overrun by the
emptiness and shallowness of
chasing shadows. A life without
purpose is akin to chasing shad-
ows. There is a mundane
redundancy to daily existence
that can become suffocating.
Then comes the question is this
all? is this it?
The deep foundation needed
to scale the commanding heights
can be found within core values
and principles. If the foundation
isn't deep enough personal, insti-
tutional and organisational col-
lapse is always a constant threat.
Motivation and inspiration can
usually be found within the core
values and principles. But unless
a revision of the core values and
principles is intentional and
planned, it is easy to forget and
lose touch with what matters
It is necessary from time to
time to re-examine, re-affirm
and re-state your core values,
principles and purpose. In this
case we focus on the Olympic
movement. The Olympic move-
ment thrives on the backbone
of its core values and principles.
The three core values of the
Olympic Movement are:
Excellence: This value stands
for giving one's best, on and off
the field of play. It is not only
about winning, but also about
participating, making progress
against personal goals, striving
The Olympic Games inspire humanity to overcome
political, economic, gender, racial or religious
differences and forge friendships in spite of those
THINGS THAT MATTER
When Olympic values matter
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