“Life is the great experiment. Each of us is an experiment of one-observer and subject-making choices, living with them, recording the effects.” —dr. george sheehan
Found this online in the Olympic Charter, the IOC’s 105 page rulebook governing the Olympic games. I was curious if it would shed any light as to how the IOC determines field size for each sport and discipline contested. If you want your own copy, you can get it here (Olympic Charter).
1. Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.
2. The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of man, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.
3. The Olympic Movement is the concerted, organised, universal and permanent action, carried out under the supreme authority of the IOC, of all individuals and entities who are inspired by the values of Olympism. It covers the five continents. It reaches its peak with the bringing together of the world’s athletes at the great sports festival,the Olympic Games. Its symbol is five interlaced rings.
4. The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practising sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play. The organisation, administration and management of sport must be controlled by independent sports organisations.
5. Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.
6. Belonging to the Olympic Movement requires compliance with the Olympic Charter and recognition by the IOC.
Pierre de Coubertin regarded himself first and foremost as an educator.
As he saw it, sport should form part of every young person’s education, in the same way as science, literature and art.
His aim was thereby to offer a harmonious education of the body and mind.
Baron Pierre De Coubertin