June 23rd is Olympic Day! Launched in 1948 to commemorate the founding of the International Olympic Committee on the same date in 1894, Olympic Day is a day for everyone to get active. Last year more than 4 million people around the world took part in events designed to encourage physical activity, learn about the Olympic Values and lead healthier lifestyles. National Olympic Committees organise sports, cultural and educational activities for everyone – regardless of age, gender, social background or sporting ability. We invite you to join us in Olympic Day activities. Check out what’s going on in your area and take part!
- For the 2014/2015 edition of the Advanced Olympic Research Grant programme, the OSC has awarded six grants. Information on the grant-holders and their projects will be available on the news section of our website by the end of June. The 2015/2016 edition of the Advanced Grant Programme will be launched next October. The rules and the application form will be available here.
- The 2015 edition of the PhD Students Research Grant Programme was launched in April, with a new category proposed and aimed specifically at PhD students whose research is focused on topics of interest for the National Olympic Committees. The complete explanatory document and the application form are available on our website. Application files should be sent by email to the OSC by 26 September 2014.
- The OSC regularly publishes the reports of its grant-holders in its digital library. Feel free to take a look!
- The OSC is continuing to add to its collection of reference documents by publishing one on the Olympic torches and relays for the Games of the Olympiad, following on from the one for the Winter Games.
- The description of the archives of the Olympic Programme Commission, the Press Commission and the meetings of the IOC Executive Board with the representatives of the International Federations and the National Olympic Committees is now available. These archives cover the history, missions and work of these commissions, and join the series on the IOC’s decision-making bodies which is already accessible.
THE ACADEMIC WORLD AND OLYMPISM
- The International Olympic Academy, Georgetown University, the International Olympic Truce Centre and the O4H Alliance are organising two events this summer in Olympia: the 2014 Olympism 4 Humanity Summit, entitled “O4H inspirations and bridges across time, disciplines, policy and practice”, and the 2014 O4H Praxis Summer Program.
- The first Rio 2016 Games impact (OGI) study report, covering the period from 2007 to 2013, was published at the beginning of May. It is available on the website of COPPE/UFRJ University and its SAGE laboratory, Rio 2016’s research partner.
IOC & OLYMPIC MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES
- At the end of April, IOC President Thomas Bach and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon signed a historic agreement aimed at strengthening the collaboration between the two organisations to use sport to build a better world.
- We invite you to read the full report on the First International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, which was held on 6 April 2014. This document presents the key figures of this new initiative, which, with almost 350 projects in over 90 different countries, immediately became a landmark event for the peace and development through sport movement. More info
- The Olympic Museum has published the third edition of the “The main Olympic Topics” Learning Kit, which is now available in English, French and German. The kit is composed of five sets (The Olympic Games in Antiquity; The Modern Olympic Games; Olympism and the Olympic Movement; The Olympic flame and the Torch Relay; and finally Olympic Games Posters), available separately or all together, and presents the fundamental elements of Olympism using clear and didactic language.
- The IOC, in close collaboration with its Athlete’s and Entourage commissions, has recently launched a new online education platform aiming to guide elite athletes through education, life skills and employment. The platform is enriched every month thanks to contributions from Athletes, coaches and academics, featuring academic lectures, video insights, online live events, discussion forums and various learning resources. To find more information or to sign up, click here.
- As part of the Olympic Agenda 2020 process, on 22 May 2014 President Bach released the list of members of the 14 Working Groups, made up of key stakeholders of the Olympic Movement and a number of experts from civil society. The Working Groups are currently meeting to compile and discuss detailed contributions submitted by the Olympic Movement, the world of sport, the academic community and individual members of the public. The working groups’ contributions will be presented and discussed during the next IOC Executive Board and commission meetings. The refined proposals will then be presented for discussion and approval by the IOC Extraordinary Session in Monaco on 8 and 9 December 2014.