I give some quotes from Lucas, John A.
Basic to his philosophy was a consuming belief in the essentiality of an "active mind in a strong and healthy body". Physical recreation and athletic training alone could not bring about this nearly ideal state
He felt that sport was a means to an end, that is "the upliftment of mind, strengthening of moral character and physical power"
He (=Coubertin) was profoundly convinced that athletic training and games were an ancient and integral part of Greek culture and religion and one of the reasons for her greatness. It was his hope that [through this] modern societies might begin again to emulate the Greeks.
Coubertin's conception of sport was the most obvious aspect of a grand attempt to fuse academic training with moral and physical education. The catalyst would be sport. It always remained the "raison d'être" of his elaborate plan of educational reform
As Kanô was involved in the International Olympics Committee (IOC) from 1909 and onwards, he would certainly have heard of, or even met with Coubertin. And during my brief perusal of the articles (including the one I'm attaching), I got the feeling that Kanô might have picked up a thing or two from the man.
Does anyone have any input/ideas/comments?
- Lucas, John A. 'Baron Pierre de Coubertin and his Philosophy of Pedagogical Sport'.pdf
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