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    (June 23, 1894- )
    Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland
    Founded by Pierre de Coubertin
    Reinstatement of the Ancient Olympic Games in Greece (776 B.C.-A.D. 396)
    Hosted the first Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece (1896)
    Hosted the first Winter Olympic Games in Chamonix, France (1924)
    The Olympic Games were cancelled (1916, 1940, and 1944) due to two World Wars.
    They make the event tickets very expensive to order and purchase.
    They use French as an official language even though Spanish and Mandarin Chinese are a lot more common.
    There has been a history of members accepting bribes from potential Olympic hosts.
    When a Swiss member exposed this bribery, the members responded by voting against Switzerland as a Olympic host.
    One president (Juan Samaranch) was a minister of sport under General Franco.
    Their requirements for holding the Games make the event extremely expensive and plunge its hosts deep into debt.
    They kicked baseball out of the Olympics yet still allow lame sports such as race walking and trampoline.
    They allow athletes under 18 to participate in the games.
    They used the 1896 Summer Olympic Stadium for archery meets in Athens (August 2004).
    They hold a competition among countries that doesn't involve war.
    They wouldn't let terrorists bully them and allowed the Games in Munich (1972) and Atlanta (1996) to continue.
    Their membership evolved from primarily royalty to primarily former athletes.
    Their chief role is 'to encourage and support the promotion of ethics in sport as well as education of youth through sport and to dedicate its efforts to ensuring that, in sport, the spirit of fair play prevails and violence is banned.'

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