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OLYMPIC REVIEW7OLYMPIC REVIEW FOREWORDWe talk a lot about Olympic values withinthe Olympic Movement - excellence,friendship and respect - but I oftenwonder if we stop to consider what they really meantoday. This is natural, since the modern OlympicGames were designed to uphold a set of values thatextend well beyond the playing field in a world thathas and will continue to change. Our values have been critical in the success of theOlympic Games. They underpin all of the IOC's - andthe Olympic Movement's - activities. And ideally, theyshould constitute a large part of how the world sees the Olympic Movement.The sustainability of these values over time has notonly elevated the discipline of sport on a world stage,it has also played a major role in the OlympicMovement's long-term success. But does that alonemean the Olympic values matter? The IOC - and members of the Olympic Movement -firmly believes that these values do still matter. So ifthey do, then what is left to discuss about them? As intellectual concepts, values are difficult todefine. They are thought of as universally accepted or absolute. Yet they may vary in importance from one person or group to another. They may meandifferent things to different people depending on theirsocial or cultural situation. And they are interpretedthrough the unique lens with which each humanbeing views the world. As elusive and somewhatvague abstractions, they are often easier to describe through example than through strict andagreed-upon definition. In this special edition of Olympic Reviewwe hopeto demystify the Olympic values. We have set out toclarify the meaning of the values in order formembers of the Olympic Movement to more easilyarticulate what these values are, why they areimportant and how they come to life. Beginning with a look back at the tenets of theOlympic Movement, we demonstrate how the originalvalues - established way back in 1894 - are stillrelevant today as demonstrated through variousOlympic Movement activities, including but not limited to the Olympic Games. The Olympic values are perhaps more importantthan ever. We can best demonstrate them by livingthem, through first understanding what they are and what they mean to us. The modernOlympic Gameswere designedto uphold a setof values thatextend wellbeyond theplaying field in a world thathas and willcontinue tochangeFOREWORDBY JACQUESROGGEPRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEEwww.olympic.org