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Olympic Athletic Associations

Learn about domestic and international Olympic associations, including the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, and National Olympic Committees.


The Olympic Movement is a term that broadly applies to the concerted and organized actions by the International Olympic Committee to advance the values of Olympism. The Olympic Games have come a long way from the original games held in ancient Greece, and today, the Olympic Movement is comprised of numerous international and domestic organizations.

I. Structure of Olympic Associations

Olympic associations can either be structured horizontally or vertically. As its name suggests, horizontally...