The Olympic Games must not be an end in itself, they must be a means of creating a vast programme of physical education and sports competitions for all young people.

For too long the world has failed to recognise that the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement are about fine athletics and fine art.

The sportsman knows that a sport is a recreation, a game, an amusement and a pastime, but his eyes are fixed on a higher goal, on the most important thing in his life, which is his education or his vocation.

Sport is an international phenomenon, like science or music.

As soon as you take money for playing sport, it isn't sport, it's work.

They violated one of the basic principals of the Olympic Games. That politics play no part whatsoever in them.

The ancient Greeks kept women athletes out of their games. They wouldn't even let them on the sidelines. I'm not sure but that they were right.

Sport must be amateur or it is not sport. Sports played professionally are entertainment.