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Belgian Interfederal and Olympic Committee

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[Flag of COIB]

image by Ivan Sache, 1 August 2010

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Presentation of COIB

Comité Olympique Belge (COB - Belgian Olympic Committee) was founded on 18 February 1906 to prepare the Belgian team for the 1906 Intercalated Games - organized in Athens to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 1896 Olympic Games, initially recognized by the IOC but dropped from the official list in 1949.
On 16 July 1925, COB merged with Comité National d'Éducation Physique (Physical Education National Committee); it was then presided by Count Henri de Baillet-Latour (1876-1942), also President of the IOC (1925-1942).
In 1978, COB was renamed Comité Olympique et Interfédéral Belge (COIB) / Belgisch Olympisch en Interfederaal Comité (BOIC), acting as the coordinating structure of 76 national sports federations, for both Olympic and non-Olympic sports, and of course as the IOC-recognized Belgian Olympic Committee.
Ivan Sache, 1 August 2010

Flag of COIB / BOIC

The symbols of COIB/BOIC are prescribed in Article 5 of the organization's Statutes French, Dutch), last updated 12 February 2007:

Flag and emblems of COIB/BOIC.
The flag and the emblems used by COIB/BOIC in relation with its activities shall be submitted to the IOC for approval. They are the exclusive property of COIB/BOIC.

The flag of COIB/BOIC, white with the organization's emblem framed by a black rectangle, was proudly displayed by the Belgian athletics team training in Lanzarote. Photos are available on the Borlée family website.
The emblem of the COIB/BOIC is made of the Olympic rings surmonting three ascending curved stripes in the Belgian national colours (black- yellow-red).
Ivan Sache, 1 August 2010