Olympic Motto Amended: The Olympic motto has been amended to “faster, higher, stronger – together” during the International Olympic Committee’s session in Tokyo on 20 July 2021.
- This updating was done to show solidarity around the globe at the time of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- The word “together” after a hyphen has been added to the earlier motto, which was made up of three Latin words — Citius, Altius, Fortius, translating to “Faster Higher Stronger” in English.
- Since 1894, the Olympic motto has been “Citius, Altius, Fortius” in Latin or “Faster, Higher, Stronger,” when it was adopted at the suggestion of Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee.
- The motto now reads ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius – Communis’ in Latin.
- The proposal to include the word together was made by IOC President Thomas Bach, which was endorsed by the body’s Executive Board (EB) in April.
2020 Tokyo Olympics:
- The 2020 summer Olympics will be held from 23rd July to 8th August 2021 in the city of Tokyo, Japan.
- It was originally scheduled to have been held in the year 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- This event will be held behind closed doors keeping in mind the ongoing pandemic.
- This is the first instance of the Olympics being postponed instead of being canceled.
- The Summer Paralympics will be held from 24th August till 5th September in Tokyo.
International Olympic Committee:
- International Olympic Committee was founded in the year 1894.
- Its headquarter is located in Lausanne, Switzerland.
- Thomas Bach is the current president of the IOC.