Mark Adams, a representative of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), explained why the Olympic motto “Faster, higher, stronger” was changed. According to him, an athlete without the help of the team is not able to follow the above three principles.
On Tuesday, the IOC decided to change the Olympic motto, approved in 1894, by adding one word to it. Now it sounds like “Faster, higher, stronger, together.”
“The idea of changing the Olympic motto is that you can’t be faster, higher, or stronger without a team around you. This applies to both sports and life,” Adams said.
A team can mean coaches, doctors, and the athlete’s family or fans.
The International Olympic Committee believes that the values of the highest-level competitions are not only in individual superiority but also in the athlete’s environment.
“I know that the idea of changing the motto is that if you want to go far in the modern world, then you need to go together with someone,” the IOC representative stressed.
The Olympic Games in Tokyo will be held from July 23 to August 8. Foreign fans will not be allowed to participate in the competition. Some types of competitions will be held with a limited number of spectators.