Jacques Rogge-President, IOC

The International Olympic Committee, in their infinite wisdom, have decided that those who cannot compete at an "Olympic" standard are no longer welcome to participate in future Olympic Games.

This decision goes against the basic Olympic Creed, which Baron de Coubertin installed in 1896. It states the following:

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."

Those who support this elitist decision are thumbing their nose at the very ideals that Baron de Coubertin envisioned when he brought back the Olympic Games.

We, the undersigned, petition the International Olympic Committee to overturn the decision which excludes athletes who do not meet an "Olympic standard" set by the IOC. We believe this decision is contrary to the Olympic Ideal and discourages aspirations of the youth around the world, who are encouraged to attempt personal excellence to represent their countries in the Olympic Games.

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