The International Olympic Committee


July 5, 2022

The International Olympic Committee (official name (French): Comité International Olympique; in Norwegian often abbreviated IOK or IOC) is an international organization founded in 1894 at the suggestion of the Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin and based in Lausanne, Switzerland. The organization administers the Olympic Games (Olympics), ie the Olympic Summer Games and the Olympic Winter Games. The organization owns the Olympic trademarks and intellectual property rights, and obtains its funds through the sale and marketing of Olympic memorabilia, the sale of media rights to the Games and sponsorship support. The International Olympic Committee decides the host city for the Olympics, sports program and time for the Games. Furthermore, it monitors their implementation in accordance with the principles and rules set out in the Olympic Charter. Actually, the toys were only for amateurs. Later, professional practitioners have gained increasing access. However, no athlete must wear personal advertising during the Olympics. The members of the International Olympic Committee are usually convened once a year. A working committee of 15 members is elected, of which one president and four vice presidents. Thomas Bach has been president since 2013. Different subject areas are dealt with in more than 20 working groups, in which non-members also participate. Originally, the International Olympic Committee had 14 members and was to lead an Olympic movement with the aim of working for peaceful coexistence between nations by allowing young people from all over the world to meet in sports competitions. As an example, one had the ancient toys in Greece. The first modern Games were held in Athens in 1896. Since 1924, the Winter Olympics have also been held. In Norway, the IOC has met with criticism for being a pamphleteer or old man. Others believe that the IOC has implemented reforms since the 1990s that have caused the organization to move away from this stamp. In analyzes of Norwegians' skepticism about the Olympics in Oslo 2022, the IOC's governance is cited as an explanation.

IOC Presidents

The IOC has had nine presidents since the committee was founded in 1894. Norwegian members of the International Olympic Committee Henrik Angell (1905–1907) Thomas Heftye (1907–1908) Johan Sverre (1908–1927) Thomas Fearnley (1927–1950) Olav Ditlev-Simonsen (1948–1966) Jan Staubo (1966–2000) Olaf Poulsen (1992–1994) Gerhard Heiberg (1994–2017) Kristin Kloster Aasen (2017–) Athlete RepresentativesJohann Olav Koss (1998–2002) Ådne Søndrål (2002–2006) Ole Einar Bjørndalen (2014–)

See also

IOC country codes


External links

(mul) Official website (mul) Official blog (en) International Olympic Committee - category of images, video or audio on Commons