MINSK, 22 April (BelTA) – The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) discussed the proposal of IOC President Thomas Bach to change the Olympic motto on 21 April. Plans are to add the word “together” (communis) to the motto “Faster, Higher, Stronger” (Сitius, Altius, Fortius), BelTA learned from the press service of the National Olympic Committee of Belarus.
The discussion to change the motto began at the 137th session of the IOC in March 2021 after Thomas Bach was reelected IOC President.
The proposal has already received support in the global Olympic movement. The IOC Executive Board approved the idea and will ask the IOC members for their comments. Depending on the results of these consultations, the proposal to change the motto can be be put forward at the IOC session in Tokyo this summer.
The previous version of the motto was approved by the first Olympic Congress in 1894.
The organizing committee of the upcoming Summer Games in the Japanese capital presented the IOC Executive Board with a report on the final stage of preparations and measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection.
Thomas Bach reiterated after the report that Tokyo was the most prepared capital of the Games.
The IOC Executive Board was also updated on the latest actions taken to prepare for the upcoming IWF Constitutional Congress and cooperation of this organization with international anti-doping organizations.