On 23 June, Olympic Day is celebrated all around the world: hundreds of thousands of people – young and old – get moving and participate in sporting and cultural activities, such as runs, exhibitions, music and educational seminars. From 45 participating National Olympic Committees in the first edition in 1987, today the large majority of the 205 NOCs will be joining in. We take the opportunity of this newsletter to invite you all to join us in the spirit of Olympic Day and to share and discover the activities organised around the world via the IOC social media platforms.
- With the aim of providing better access to the resources managed by the OSC and to increasingly meet your expectations better, the logic and navigation of the OSC web pages have been rethought. It is up to you to take advantage!
- In the framework of the Olympic Studies Monitoring Project, the University Relations Section regularly collects and publishes information about existing postgraduate courses, grant programmes and conferences related to the Olympic Movement. We invite you to consult the last updated documents on the OSC web pages.
- “Elite athletes’ health at the end of their sports career” is a new last-minute priority field of research included in the 2012 edition of the Postgraduate Research Grant Programme. The updated version of the Programme, launched last April, is already available via the OSC web pages. Please bear in mind that the due date to submit the applications is 30 September 2011.
- The Official Report of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games is now accessible to everyone from our digital library.
- Did you know that, in 1948, the year of the first celebration of Olympic Day, the Olympic message was broadcast by radio? To find out more about the origin and organisation of IOC anniversaries and celebrations between 1906 and 1990, a series of files focusing on these themes is available from the IOC archives. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The report by the Evaluation Commission for the Olympic Winter Games in 2018 was released by the IOC in May and is available here. This report follows the Commission’s visits to the three Candidate Cities: Munich (Germany), Annecy (France) and PyeongChang (Republic of Korea). The election of the host city of the 2018 Winter Games will take place on 6 July 2011 during the 123rd IOC Session in Durban (South Africa).
- The recommendations issued for the IOC conferences held in May 2011 on Sport and the Environment, and Sport, Peace and Development are now available via the IOC website. The reports of these conferences will be in the published coming months.
- The IOC and its Medical Commission have fully supported the creation of two educational tools on Healthy Body Image and Sexual Harassment & Abuse in Sport. Several video clips and animations to disseminate the IOC’s key messages as well as links to supportive scientific information are available on the IOC website. We trust these will be of interest and help to the sports world in the protection of athletes’ health. Your support and efforts to further disseminate this information would be much appreciated. These tools are also available in CD format and can be sent upon request. Please apply to email@example.com.
THE ACADEMIC WORLD AND OLYMPISM
- The Innsbruck 2012 Organising Committee for the first Winter Youth Olympic Games (IYOGOC) has established the Youth Olympic Games Laboratory for Youth and Innovation (YOGINN 2012) at the Department for Sport Sciences of the University of Innsbruck. The YOGINN 2012 acts as a liaison between the academic world and the Innsbruck 2012 YOG. Currently 70 projects have been identified and partially already realised. All researchers interested in the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games can contact the YOGINN 2012 by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In May, the World Union of Olympic Cities (WOUC), under the patronage of the IOC, organised a seminar entitled “From bidding to dissolution: embedding legacy into all Games planning phases”. Speakers from Beijing, Vancouver, London and the IOC presented key information and best practices on how to plan for the legacy of the Olympic Games. Information about the association, the seminar presentations and the report of the previous meeting held in Beijing are available at the WOUC website.
- The AISTS MSA (Master of Advanced Studies) in Sports Administration and Technology is a unique postgraduate programme endorsed by the IOC which takes place yearly in the Olympic Capital of Lausanne. This MSA offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of sport, including management & economics, technology, law, sociology and medicine. The application deadline for the next edition starting in January 2012 is 12 August 2011.