New Olympic motto recognises the unifying power of sport and the importance of solidarity. The change adds the word “together” after a dash to “Faster, Higher, Stronger”. The new 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 standing together — in solidarity.”
The Olympic motto was adopted with the launch of the Olympic Movement in 1894 at the urging of founder Pierre de Coubertin, who wanted a slogan that expressed excellence in sport. The update also addresses the IOC’s goal to use sport to encourage global solidarity around the values of sport.
After the vote, President Bach stressed the importance of solidarity within the Olympic Movement and beyond: “We want to put a strong focus on solidarity. That’s what the word ‘together’ means — solidarity.”
Meanwhile, two athletes living in the Olympic Village have become the first to test positive for Covid-19 just days before the Tokyo Games are set to begin on Friday.