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07 Jan 2015
Olympic Studies Centre

OSC Newsletter No 27

The Olympic Studies Centre team would like to send you its best wishes for the New Year!


Welcome to the final edition of the OSC Newsletter for 2014, a very busy Olympic year. The overarching theme of the year was Olympic Agenda 2020, which enjoyed unprecedented level of engagement by representatives of the Olympic Movement and society in general. Two other major events also made their mark on the year and are now part of Olympic history – the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, and the Second Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing. Meanwhile, the OSC has also had a busy year during which it has undertaken an internal reshuffle; added to its collections; made available many new resources and reference documents; hosted the winners of the first edition of the Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme; and introduced a new category in the PhD Research Grant Programme, encouraging cooperation between researchers and National Olympic Committees. News on other projects will follow next year. See you in 2015! 


-     Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme 2015/2016: We remind you that the deadline for submission of candidatures for the new edition of this programme, which is intended to promote research projects by confirmed researchers in priority areas defined every year by the IOC, is 9 February 2015.

-     PhD Research Grants Programme 2015: For this new edition of the programme, the Selection Committee chose seven candidates who will be supported in their research. Note that the 2015 edition features a new, second category of grants aimed especially at PhD students whose research addresses subjects of interest to the National Olympic Committees of their countries.

Information on the 2015 grant holders and their projects will feature shortly in the News section of our web pages.

-     Pictograms: As essential elements of the Olympic Games’ visual identity, sports pictograms must be easily identifiable by all, as well as communicating and reflecting the unique image of each edition of the Games.

Come and see how the Organising Committees have managed to juggle these two constraints perfectly, by consulting our reference documents showing how they have evolved for both the Summer Games and the Winter Games.

-     Cultural Commission archives: A description of these archives is now available. The archives bear witness to the history, missions and activities of this Commission and add to the series on IOC decision-making bodies already accessible via the Olympic Studies Centre


-     The OSC and Olympic research groups: In an effort to update our data of the research institutions and centres and to get an overview of academic expertise and activities linked to Olympism throughout the world, we have now concluded the survey undertaken during the last months. We would like to thank all those who have replied to us with their centres’ information.

The list of Olympic Studies and Research Centres currently on our web pages will be updated by the end of January 2015 using the new information collected, and will include several new studies centres created in 2014! 


-     Olympic Agenda 2020: The 127th IOC Session, which was held on 8 and 9 December, ended with the unanimous approval of the 40 recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020, the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. Launched by President Bach over a year ago, this work is the continuation of an open and transparent consultation process, during which more than 40,000 communications were received and 1,200 concrete ideas emerged. We invite you to read these recommendations, which will set the IOC’s priorities over the next few years, and to follow the implementation work that has already started.

-     “Women and Sport” Awards: In the framework of the 127th Session in Monaco, the IOC presented awards to the six women selected by the Women and Sport Commission from among 39 candidatures proposed by NOCs, continental associations and International Federations. These Awards honour personalities who have made a remarkable contribution to developing, encouraging and strengthening women’s participation in sport, both on the field of play and in administration.

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-     IOC anti-doping research fund: In the framework of the fund created by the IOC for research into anti-doping, the IOC Medical and Scientific Department is pleased to inform you that applications for the 2015 edition of the programme will be open from 6 January to 15 March 2015.

     More information as of 6 January 2015

-     First Athlete Reference Guide to the World Anti-Doping Code: WADA is pleased to announce the publication of this guide, which will serve as a crucial point of reference for all athletes looking to enhance their knowledge of the Code and to better understand the anti-doping framework, rules and regulations.

-     Historical archives of Athens 2004: The Hellenic Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Academy have presented the historical archives of the Organising Committee for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games in Ancient Olympia. These archives are located on the premises of the International Olympic Academy. The non-profit organisation, “Historical Archives ATHENS 2004”, was charged with the custody and care of the archives, while funding was provided by the IOC. The archives include all written and audio-visual resources related directly or indirectly to the organisation of the 2004 Olympic Games.

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