Henri de Baillet-Latour: Globalising the Olympic Movement

  • Florence Carpentier


The Belgian count Henri de Baillet-Latour presided the IOC for almost 20 years and had to face new challenges such as replacing Coubertin’s autocratic style of management, protecting the IOC’s institutional monopoly in the face of the increasing strength of the international sports federations, and expanding the Olympics across the globe. In this chapter, Carpentier shows how, in fact, his leadership turned out to be no less autocratic than that of his predecessor. With the finesse of a true diplomat, thanks to his personal fortune, and despite the geopolitical constraints resulting from colonialism and the limitations of contemporary means of transportation and communication, Baillet-Latour managed to block the expansion of the YMCA and to turn the Olympics into a global event.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of RouenNormandyFrance

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