International Olympic Committee

Coordinates: 46°31′5″N 6°35′49″E / 46.51806°N 6.59694°E / 46.51806; 6.59694

International Olympic Committee
Comité international olympique
International Olympic Committee logo 2021.svg
Formation23 June 1894; 127 years ago (1894-06-23)
TypeSports federation (Association organized under the laws of the Swiss Confederation)
HeadquartersLausanne, Switzerland
102 active members, 44 honorary members, 1 honour member (United States), 206 individual National Olympic Committees
Official language
French (reference language), English, and the host country's language when necessary
Germany Thomas Bach[1]
Vice Presidents
China Yu Zaiqing[1]
Singapore Ng Ser Miang
Australia John Coates
Aruba Nicole Hoevertsz
Director General
Belgium Christophe De Kepper
Motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius – Communiter
(Latin: Faster, Higher, Stronger – Together)

The International Olympic Committee (IOC; French: Comité international olympique, CIO) is a non-governmental sports organisation based in Lausanne, Switzerland. It is constituted in the form of an association under the Swiss Civil Code (articles 60–79). Founded by Pierre de Coubertin and Demetrios Vikelas in 1894, it is the authority responsible for organising the modern Summer and Winter Olympic Games.[2]

The IOC is the governing body of the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and of the worldwide "Olympic Movement", the IOC's term for all entities and individuals involved in the Olympic Games. As of 2020, there are 206 NOCs officially recognised by the IOC. The current president of the IOC is Thomas Bach of Germany, who succeeded Jacques Rogge of Belgium in September 2013.[3]

  1. ^ a b "IOC". International Olympic Committee. 25 April 2021.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Roger Bartlett, Chris Gratton, Christer G. Rolf Encyclopedia of International Sports Studies. Routledge, 2012, p. 678
  3. ^ Gibson, Owen (10 September 2013). "Thomas Bach elected to succeed Jacques Rogge as IOC president". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 12 February 2019.

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