Ever seen school kids taking an oath when made a monitor of class? Or the key positions in the government are sworn in by giving an oath? Similarly, the Olympic games also have an oath that is given to each athlete, coach and judge. Today, in this article, we will discuss in detail the Olympic Oath. There is a lot of history and important dates associated with the Olympic Oath.
What is an Olympic Oath?
The Olympic Oath solemn promise made by one athlete, judge or official, and one coach during the opening ceremony of each Olympics. The oath-taker is from the host nation and he takes the oath on behalf of each athlete. The Olympic Oath was introduced in the 1920 Antwerp Olympics. As time went by, oaths for the officials and coaches were added in 1972 and 2010. Earlier, the Olympic Oath was taken in the language of the host nation. But since 1994, the Olympic Oath has been said in the English language.
“In the name of all the competitors, I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, committing ourselves to a sport without doping and without drugs, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honor of our teams.”
Who has written the First Olympic Oath?
The first Olympic Oath was written by Pierre de Coubertin. The oath has been modified in years as per the changing nature of sports.
When was the Olympic oath taken for the first time?
The Olympic oath was taken for the first time at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics by fencer Victor Boin. Victor Boin’s oath was
We swear. We will take part in the Olympic Games in a spirit of chivalry, for the honour of our country and for the glory of sport.