How Sport Strengthens the Community
Dear ISPO community,
did you know that a few days ago, after 127 years, the IOC changed the Olympic motto? It is now “Citius, altius, fortius—communiter”—so no longer just “faster, higher, stronger”, but “faster, higher, stronger—together”. This links quite well with our editorial letter which is all about togetherness and community. For instance, we shed light on the consequences of Covid on sports clubs and we commemorate legendary dream teams.
In our “Find the Balance” section we take a look at the Olympic community and ask the question: “How much freedom of speech is actually allowed?”
We wish you a good start into the upcoming Olympic weeks
Claudia and the ISPO editorial team
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Number of the Month
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How Covid Affected the Community Spirit: The Importance of Sports Clubs for Society
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