The Lesotho National Olympic Committee (LNOC), which became a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1971, was established in terms of the Olympic Charter and in accordance with the provisions of the law governing bodies in Lesotho as a non-profit making non-governmental organization.
The mandate of the LNOC is to promote and propagate the fundamental principles of Olympism in Lesotho in accordance with the Olympic Charter, within the framework of sports activity; otherwise contribute to the diffusion of Olympism in the teaching programmes of physical education and sports in schools and other institutions of higher learning. Furthermore, to organize and develop sports in Lesotho, in particular facilitate for high performance programmes earmarked for elite athletes in collaboration with the International & National Federations (NFs), and other sport governing institutions in Lesotho.
Modern Olympism was conceived by Pierre de Coubertin, on whose initiative the International Athletic Congress of Paris was held in June 1894. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) constituted itself on 23 June 1894. The first Olympic Games (Games of the Olympiad) of modern times were celebrated in Athens, Greece, in 1896. In 1914, the Olympic flag presented by Pierre de Coubertin at the Paris Congress was adopted. It includes the five interlaced rings, which represent the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games. The first Olympic Winter Games were celebrated in Chamonix, France, in 1924.
Under the supreme authority and leadership of the International Olympic Committee, the Olympic Movement encompasses organisations, athletes and other persons who agree to be guided by the Olympic Charter. The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practised in accordance with Olympism and its values.
2. The three main constituents of the Olympic Movement are the International Olympic Committee (“IOC”), the International Sports Federations (“IFs”) and the National Olympic Committees (“NOCs”)
3. In addition to its three main constituents, the Olympic Movement also encompasses the Organising Committees of the Olympic Games (“OCOGs”), the national associations, clubs and persons belonging to the IFs and NOCs, particularly the athletes, whose interests constitute a fundamental element of the Olympic Movement’s action, as well as the judges, referees, coaches and the other sports officials and technicians. It also includes other organisations and institutions as recognised by the IOC.
4. Any person or organisation belonging in any capacity whatsoever to the Olympic Movement is bound by the provisions of the Olympic Charter and shall abide by the decisions of the IOC.