The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Lima, due to open on Wednesday (September 13), is the third time the "Olympic family" has met in South America in the last four years but in truth it is really making up for lost time.
As the London 1908 Olympics began, Bishop Ethelbert Talbot of Pennsylvania gave a sermon at St Paul’s Cathedral. He suggested that the struggle was more important than the prize. In the congregation that day was International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Baron Pierre de Coubertin. Very impressed by what he heard, Coubertin adapted the words to form the Olympic creed.
This week, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board rubber stamped the decision to allow a team of refugees to take part in the 2016 Olympic Games. IOC President Thomas Bach reasoned: "If you have 60 million displaced persons, more than at at any time in the history of mankind, then among them must be some athletes.."
A hundred years ago the Olympics were scheduled for Berlin, but they never took place because of war. The 1916 Games were the first to be cancelled in the modern era.
In less than two years from now, the host city of the 2024 Olympics will be decided in the Peruvian capital of Lima, but the road has begun in earnest at International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne. All five bidding cities will attend special seminars in the Olympic capital.
One hundred years ago, newspapers reported the death at 67 of the first great sporting superstar.