We are at the dawn of a new Olympic year, as the first edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games will kick off in Innsbruck on 13 January, 2012 and the Olympic Games in London will open on 27 July. Preparations are continuing alongside other activities that are important for the Olympic Movement, a sample of which are mentioned in this Newsletter. We hope that this new edition will stir up not only your interest, but also your participation in the various initiatives. Happy reading––!
- The OSC has produced a second edition of the “Road to London – facts and figures” file. It contains updates of the various factsheets on the Olympic flame and relay, ceremonies, etc. Reference works from the library and the IOC’s archives and academic works also feature in the sections on London 1908 and 1948. Available in English on request.
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- In the framework of the Olympic Studies Monitoring project, the OSC recently published on its web site a list of the 29 active OSCs engaged in regular activities (research, teaching, publications and/or conferences on Olympic topics). We hereby thank all the OSCs which responded to our request to update our details and hope to see this list grow in the future.
THE ACADEMIC WORLD AND OLYMPISM
- The Interdisciplinary Centre for Sport Science and Development (ICESSD), University of the Western Cape, will host its 2nd International Sport and Development Conference from 1 to 3 December 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference will focus on Networking and Strategic Planning in the field of Sport, Development and Peace. ICESSD would like to invite individuals and organisations who see themselves as role players in the Sport and Peace field to join the conference. For more information please contact Ms A. Fredericks or visit ICESSD’s website.
- On the occasion of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Centre for Olympic Studies & Research (COS&R) at Loughborough University is pleased to host the first Colloquium of OSCs on 25 and 26 July 2012, aiming to disseminate the nature of current OSCs’ research and education activities and to increase the level of networking activities between centres and Olympic scholars. The programme will be launched on the COS&R website by December 2011. For more information, please contact Mrs MT Zammit.
- The University of Rouen (France) will host in October 2012 an international conference on sport history untitled “Hosting, organising and celebrating the Olympics”. Authors are welcome to submit abstracts in English or in French until 29 February 2012. More info
- The IOC Sport for All Commission, in collaboration with the IOC Sports Department and the OSC, is keen to encourage publication of the results of academic research on the subject of sport for all and thereby promote the exchange of experience and information-sharing between the various members of the sports, Olympic and academic worlds. A new section entitled “academic research” has been created on our web site to this end. We invite you to send any research reports you think would be of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. After a selection process, the chosen publications will be published in the Sport for All section.
- The registration process is open for next year’s IOC World Conference on Women and Sport, which will take place from 16 to 18 February 2012 in Los Angeles, USA. Under the theme “Together Stronger: The Future of Sport”, the event is being organised jointly by the IOC, the United States Olympic Committee and the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games. More info
- The IOC Medical Commission has published a Consensus Statement on the “health and fitness of young people through physical activity and sport”. This unique document defines the health consequences of inactivity; identifies the determinants of sports participation and drop-outs; and provides recommendations on potential solutions and global partnerships. The ultimate purpose of this scientific effort is to improve the health and fitness of young people throughout the world, thereby decreasing the morbidity and mortality deriving from non-communicable diseases. More info
- The IOC has recently published an interim report untitled “Shaping the Future”, highlighting the IOC’s activities and progress during 2009 and 2010. The document is available on the IOC website. If you wish to receive a hard copy, contact us via email@example.com.
- In order to blend sport with culture, the IOC has launched the 4th edition of its Sport and Art Contest in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games. Artists from all countries that have a recognised NOC can participate by entering either sculptures or graphic works on the theme of “Sport and the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect”. More info