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'Faster, Higher, Stronger - Together': IOC unveils updated Olympic motto

Aug 21, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL; The olympic flag during the closing ceremonies for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Maracana. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 21, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL; The olympic flag during the closing ceremonies for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Maracana. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

TOKYO - The International Olympic Committee has amended its "Faster, Higher, Stronger" motto to include the word 'Together', its President Thomas Bach said on Tuesday, highlighting the need for solidarity during difficult times such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We have to adapt the motto to our times," he told a session meeting following the approval of an Olympic Charter amendment.

The motto now reads: "Faster, Higher, Stronger - Together".

"The collaborative effort is bringing faster and better results than working in silos and protecting each silo from the progress of the other silo," added Bach.

"This is a milestone in our development and sends a clear signal. We want to put special focus on solidarity."

The original motto, the Latin 'Citius, Altius, Fortius', was adopted by the founder of the modern Games Pierre De Coubertin in the 19th century.

The Latin version will become 'Citius, Altius, Fortius - Communis'.