According to the IOC, Pierre de Coubertin’s definition of Olympism was based on the following four principles:

  1. To be a religion, i.e. to “adhere to an ideal of a higher life, to strive for perfection”;
  2. To represent an elite “whose origins are completely egalitarian” and at the same time an “aristocracy” with all its moral qualities;
  3. To create a truce with “a four-yearly celebration of the springtime of mankind”; and
  4. To glorify beauty by the “involvement of the arts and the mind in the Games”.

Pierre de Coubertin was awarded a gold medal in Literature in the 1912 Olympic Games.

The ArtsGames is honouring his legacy by bringing medaled arts competitions back to international Games.