The Baron Pierre de Coubertin’s original scheme for Modern Olympic Games, presented at an international sports conference at the Sorbonne in Paris in June 1894, made few provisions for the financial underwri ting of the grand project. Providence and the beneficence of host cites and, of course , states/provinces and national governments would somehow take care of financial costs. And this is exactly what occurred for the first three-quarters of a century in modern Olympic history.