Pierre de Coubertin was a young educational theorist. Inspired by the spectacular development of sports in Great Britain and in the United States, he imagines an international sporting event that will promote altogether the athletic effort and the peace. The next Parisian exposition will be both grand and popular. He will apply to integrate his project therein.
On January 30, 1894, Coubertin writes his ideas on paper. He considers a stadium similar as in Olympia flanked with specialized showrooms reminding the history of athletic sports since antiquity. Modern sports such as "vélocipédie" will be included.
He deliberately excludes the military sport trainings and the professionalism considered as a shameful shift. The demonstration shows will be in free access. Cafes and shops will be banned to prevent the atmosphere considered by him as depraved of the Rue du Caire in the 1889 exhibition. At this stage the inventor does not think about competitions.
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In June of the same year, Coubertin convenes in Paris a committee of 49 clubs representing 13 nations. The CIO (IOC) is created and the restoration of the Olympic Games is solemnly proclaimed. The first of them will take place in Athens in 1896. The reluctance of Paris is released in spring 1899 just in time for the Jeux Olympiques to be recognized as a major element of the 1900 exposition.