The Olympic Motto & Creed



The three words of the motto encourage athletes to give their best during competition.

The Olympic creed is:  The most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the fight; the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well.

The three latin words citius altius fortius became the Olympic Motto in 1894 when the International Olmypic Committee was created. The Motto was proposed by Piere de Coubertin and it is believed it was borrowed from Henri Didon a Dominican priest who taught sport in Paris.

The inspiration for the creed came from a sermon given by the Bishop of Pensilvania, Ethelbert Talbot, during the London Olympic Games of 1908.

Olympic Facts
Quick Olympic Handball Fact

As an outdoor sport, Handball was played by teams of 11 on a football pitch. The modern version uses an indoor court measuring 40m x 20m which is the largest court of any indoor ball sport at the Games.