The O Olympic oath made its debut at the Olympics games some 101 years ago in Antwerp. It was introduced by the then President of IOC Baron Pierre de Coubertin. In 2000 at the Sydney Olympic Games the wording of the oath changed little after a clause rejecting doping was introduced.
During a press conference, this week an International Olympic Committee representative announced that the wording of the Olympic oath was changing.
The new wording of the oath came after a series of recommendations from the IOC Athletes’ Commission.
According to IOC Athletes’ Commission chair Kirsty Coventry, the IOC is standing together to send out a powerful message of equality, inclusion, solidarity, peace, and respect. Remember we Olympians are role models and ambassadors she continued.
The new Olympic oath reads as follows
“In the name of the athletes”, “In the name of all judges” or “In the name of all the coaches and officials.”
“We promise to take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules and in the spirit of fair play, inclusion and equality, together we stand in solidarity and commit ourselves to sports without doping, without cheating, without any form of discrimination.
“We do this for the honour of our teams, in respect for the Fundamental Principles of Olympism, and to make the world a better place through sport.”
A male and female athlete from the Japanese Olympic team and two will be joined by two coaches and two judges for the ritual as part of the drive towards gender equality as they take the path on behalf of all competitors, coaches and technical officials in the Games.
In previous editions of the games, they were only three Olympic oath takers.