Lausanne, 8 May 2000 - For the second consecutive year, the Research Council of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Olympic Studies Centre (OSC) has just awarded four grants to students engaged in research on the Olympic Movement, its history and values, and the impact of the Olympic Games on the different areas of contemporary society.
Launched by the OSC in August 1999, the grant programme allows postgraduate students or university teachers who have gained their doctorate in the five previous years to obtain financial aid to cover the costs of their travel and accommodation in Lausanne for between one and three months. During this period, the grant holders have free access to the IOC’s historical archives (correspondence and documents, photos and films), the documents from the library and the documentation held by the OSC.
This year, 28 students from 19 countries applied, and the four candidates chosen to receive the grants are:
- Beatriz García, Spain: “Olympic Games: Securing host-community representation through the Cultural Olympiad”
- Sarah Purchase, Australia: “Planning for Olympic Legacies: A comparative analysis”
- Stephany Tzanoudaki, Greece: “Symbiosis between Olympism and the notion of ‘Ideal City’ for the composition of the ultimate Olympic reality”
- George Xiarchos, Greece: “Assessment of the term ‘Religio Athletae’ and the relations between the modern Olympic Movement and religion”
The Research Council is composed of representatives from the Olympic Museum and the OSC and personalities from the academic world who are internationally known for the quality of their research and publications on Olympism.
The competition for the 2001 grants will get underway in June 2000.