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International Olympic Committee Facts

Organizer of the modern Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games

  • IOC is a international corporation based in Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • It is responsible for organizing the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games.
  • It was created by Pierre de Coubertin on 23 June 1894 with Demetrios Vikelas as its first president.
  • It has 205 National Olympic Committees as its members.
  • Kuwait was suspended from IOC since 2010.
  • The IOC is a parent organization intended to localize administration and authority for the Games, as well as to provide a single legal entity which owns copyrights, trademarks, and other intangible properties associated with the Olympic games.
  • The IOC publishes Olympic Review and Revue Olympique since 1894.
  • The first Summer Olympics organized by the IOC were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896
  • The first Winter Olympics were in Chamonix, France, in 1924.
  • The IOC shifted the Winter Olympics to the even years between Summer Games, to help space the planning of the two events two years apart from one another, and improve the financial balance of the IOC, that gets bigger income on Olympic years.
  • The first Summer Youth Olympics were in Singapore in 2010.
  • The first Winter Youth Olympics were held in Innsbruck in 2012.
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