The Olympic spirit is best expressed in the Olympic Creed:
“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”
The Olympic Games is one of the few occasions that the world has to unite and celebrate together. As a global community we unite together and honor our shared humanity. The Olympic rings, in their blue, yellow, black, green, and red include a color from the flag of every nation that participates in the games. The spirit can be seen on the winner’s podium, in the athlete’s village, in those who place last. The spirit is found purest in those who come to the games with no sponsorships, little equipment for training. Whatever their result these athletes come to the games in representation of their country with pride and dignity. As the creed states the most important part of the games is to participate, do one’s best, and take part fairly.
The Olympic Spirit Committee was built to uphold this creed. Their mission is “to build a peaceful and better world in the Olympic Spirit which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play – Olympic Spirit strives to inspire and motivate the youth of the world to be the best they can be through educational and entertaining interactive challenges. Olympic spirit seeks to install and develop the values and ideals of Olympism in those who visit and to promote tolerance and understanding in these increasingly trouble time in while we live, to make our world a more peaceful place.”
“The most important thing is not to win, but to take part.” – Pierre de Coudertin.
With our increasing global community it’s important to cease these opportunities. In relocations we know the importance of cross-cultural training. The Olympics is like an experiment on the subject. We should learn more, know more, and experience more of the world. Rather than confining ourselves to the borders of our home nation, we can branch out and make an effort to understand the four corners of this world. Let’s prepare before expatriation.
Will you be cheering for your home nation or your host nation?