" The Olympic Games are for the world and all nations must be admitted to them. "
" The Olympic Games is the ultimate level of competition. "
" The Olympic Games of the Modern Era began in 1896 in the city of Athens. "
" It is the inspiration of the Olympic Games that drives people not only to compete but to improve, and to bring lasting spiritual and moral benefits to the athlete and inspiration to those lucky enough to witness the athletic dedication "
" It has been said that the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games is something that an athlete will remember for the rest of their life. It is true. That moment when you walk into the Olympic Stadium as part of the Australian Olympic Team, is a moment that I will never forget. "
" The important thing in life is not to triumph but to compete. "
" The six colours, including the white background, represent the colours of all the world's flags ... this is a true international emblem. "
" The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well. "
" To have been selected to represent Team South Africa at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the individual 400m and the 4x400m relay is a real honor and I am so pleased that years of hard work, determination and sacrifice have all come together. "
" For too long the world has failed to recognise that the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement are about fine athletics and fine art "