As reported in the Journal de Monaco of April 28, 1927, on the occasion of the inaugural session of the Assises of the International Olympic Committee placed under the High Patronage and in the presence of HSH Prince Louis II, which was held at the Oceanographic Museum, Charles de Castro, then President of the Monegasque Olympic Committee, ended his speech with the following wish: “ May the youth of today never drop the Olympic torch, which generous men have rekindled, and also never forget the lofty lesson given by ancient athletes when they prepared themselves in an atmosphere of joy and harmony. for the conquest of an olive wreath. ».
It is undoubtedly with this exhortation in mind that the pioneers of the Monegasque Association of Olympic Athletes gave it for social purpose:
- to foster the development of relationships between Olympic athletes;
- to encourage national interest in the Olympic Games;
- to promote and disseminate the fundamental principles of Olympism and the Olympic movement;
- to cooperate with the Monegasque Olympic Committee in order to advance the Olympic ideal and competition in the Principality of Monaco;
- to assist promising Monegasque athletes in their development, training and competition in the sports concerned by the Olympic program;
- to maintain camaraderie between former Olympic athletes and members of the Monegasque Olympic Committee, officials, directors, staff and coaches, and to join in any event organized by the Monegasque Olympic Committee.
First under the impetus of Fabienne Pasetti, the first woman to have defended the colors of Monaco at the Olympic Games and who took part in the sport shooting events at six consecutive Games (Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sidney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008), Francis Boisson who participated in two Olympiads (Rome 1960 and Munich 1972) and Pascal Camia who participated in the Nagano 1998 Winter Games), the association endeavored to implement its purpose statutory.
Now chaired by Jérémy Bottin who participated in the Turin Winter Games in 2006 and with a new office, it has vigorously taken up the Olympic torch and is particularly honored by the interest shown in it by HSH Prince Albert II, the most eminent Monegasque Olympians with five participations in the Olympic Winter Games (Calgary 1988, Albertville 1992, Lillehammer 1994, Nagano 1998 and Salt Lake City 2002).
For more information, contact the association at 7 avenue des Castelans - Stade Louis II - Monaco or at the e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org