The Olympic Family
Until the games of Paris three sessions had taken place. After the founder session in 1894 in Paris the second
followed in 1896 in Paris and the third in 1897 in Le Havre. "I voted for Le Havre, because the IOC
was not already great enough to be demonstrated in Paris", Coubertin explained his invitation to the
harbour city at the Seine-bay of the English channel. Therefore in Coubertin's opinion, the IOC was too insignificant
regarding to the cosmopolitan city Paris with its three million inhabitants.
In the end of 1899 the IOC had 21 members; the first president Demetrius Bikelas from Greece, the English lord Odo Amphtill and the Italian duke Andria Carafa have already resigned from the 16-head founder committee. Since only a few of these 21 IOC members had signalised their appearance during the games, Coubertin renounced the convening of the general meeting. Ignored by the municipality of the city and smiled by the organisers of the world exhibition he had to offer only few, not even an opening ceremony.