July 20, 2021 – The session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved a change in the Olympic motto that recognizes the unifying power of sport and the importance of solidarity. The change adds the word “together” after a hyphen to “Faster, higher, stronger”. The new Olympic motto now reads: “Faster, Higher, Stronger – Together”.
The IOC members unanimously approved the update and amended the Olympic Charter.
In his remarks before the vote, IOC President Bach explained the link between the change and the original motto: “Solidarity fuels our mission to make the world a better place through sport. We can only go faster, we can only aim higher, we can only become stronger by being united. “
The Olympic motto was adopted with the launch of the Olympic Movement in 1894 under the leadership of founder Pierre de Coubertin, who wanted a slogan expressing excellence in sport. The update also addresses the IOC’s goal of using sport to encourage global solidarity around the values of sport.
The motto in Latin would be “Citius, Altius, Fortius – Communiter” and in French: “Faster, Higher, Stronger – Together”.
After the vote, President Bach underlined the importance of solidarity within the Olympic Movement and beyond: “We want to put a strong emphasis on solidarity. This is what the word “together” means: solidarity. “
The approval of the Session endorsed a recommendation approved by the IOC Executive Board in April. It was also supported by the Pierre de Coubertin International Committee.
The importance of unity and solidarity is also reflected in the IOC’s global campaign, “Stronger Together”. The creative campaign celebrates the athletes by showcasing their journey to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and how they kept moving even when the world around them stopped. It emphasizes the IOC’s message of solidarity and the belief that the world moves forward only when it moves together, as well as the overwhelming power of the Olympic Games to unite the people, communities and societies of the world. whole world.