Mind the gap an Authority is creating. Coubertin and the Olympic Congress of 1914 = Mind the gap, creando una autoridad. Coubertin y el Congreso Olímpico de 1914

Arnd Krüger

DOI: https://doi.org/10.20868/mhd.2023.24.4817

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The Olympic Congress of 1914 took place in Paris immediately prior to World War I. It was to highlight Coubertin’s standing in front of the President of France. While the formal celebrations were grandiose, the deliberations of the delegates about the future of the Games were a disaster for Coubertin, as he was utterly unprepared for these negotiations. He was confronted with the power of the newly founded international sports federations which wanted to have a decisive vote on their sports. Coubertin was even ready to resign on the question of women’s participation in the Games. No complete Minutes of the Congress were ever published. Coubertin’s description in his autobiography and the abridged version of the Proceedings after the Great War contain fakes which have not been questioned by the scholars of Olympic history because of the authority of Coubertin. Using newspaper records of the participants of various countries it is attempted to reconstruct what happened at the Congress.



El Congreso Olímpico de 1914 se celebró en París inmediatamente antes de la Primera Guerra Mundial. Era para destacar la posición de Coubertin ante el Presidente de Francia. Aunque las celebraciones formales fueron grandiosas, las deliberaciones de los delegados sobre el futuro de los Juegos fueron un desastre para Coubertin, ya que no estaba preparado para estas negociaciones. Se enfrentó al poder de las recién creadas federaciones deportivas internacionales, que querían tener un voto decisivo sobre sus deportes. Coubertin estuvo incluso dispuesto a resignarse por la cuestión de la participación de las mujeres en los Juegos. Nunca se publicaron las actas completas del Congreso. La descripción de Coubertin en su autobiografía y la
versión abreviada de las Actas después de la Gran Guerra contienen falsificaciones que no han sido cuestionadas por los estudiosos de la historia olímpica debido a la autoridad de Coubertin. Utilizando los registros de los periódicos de los participantes de varios países se intenta reconstruir lo
que ocurrió en el Congreso.

Palabras clave

Pierre de Coubertin; women’s sports; Olympic Congress 1914; international sports federations = Pierre de Coubertin, Deporte femenino, Congreso Olímpico 1914, Federaciones deportivas internacionales.


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