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21 Dec 2011
Olympic Studies Centre

OSC Newsletter Number 15 - December 2011


The Olympic Movement, the IOC and the OSC look back on a very intensive year, filled with events, activities and new initiatives. Close to the end of 2011, we are looking forward to the celebration of the first Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck next January and the Summer Olympic Games in London in July. At the OSC level, the renovation work on its new site has started, and the Library and Historical Archives are starting to prepare the move for the transfer between the Olympic Museum building and the Villa du Centenaire. We are experiencing exciting times with no risk of getting bored! The Olympic Studies Centre team sends you our best wishes for 2012 and looks forward to welcoming you soon to our new premises.


As of April 2012, all the OSC services will be united in the Villa du Centenaire, a building on the north-west side of The Olympic Museum, Quai d’Ouchy 1, CH -1001 Lausanne. Because of this move, the OSC will be closed to visitors from 1 February until the end of March 2012. On-site consultation of the Historical Archives or loans at the Library will not be possible during these two months. Nevertheless, the OSC will be able to receive your requests and will inform you accordingly. The OSC reopens to visitors in April 2012, in its new location.

- For the benefit of all researchers trying to trace the history of marketing elements of the Olympic Movement, the OSC has produced an “Olympic Movement Marketing History” bibliography. It highlights Olympic marketing history in terms of content coverage in existing public documents (themes and years covered) and provides a qualitative selection and assessment per theme. This document is available via the OSC section of the IOC website in English only.

- Did you know that judo entered the Olympic programme in Tokyo in 1964; women’s football appeared at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996; tennis was absent from the Games programme for 13 editions, from 1928 to 1984; and women’s boxing events will be seen for the first time at the London Games in 2012? Check out the OSC’s pages to find out more about the evolution of sports on the Summer Olympic Games programme.

- The library has digitised its patrimonial collections from the Olympic Games in London in 1908, 1948 and 2012. See all the programmes, rules and other official publications in our digital library.

- For the 2012 edition of the Postgraduate Research Grant programme, 34 candidates from the five continents participating in both individual and collective projects submitted their project to the OSC. Among the very diverse range of research subjects, most projects concern the athletes, the legacy of the OG (especially Rio 2016), the history and international relations of the Olympic Movement, sport as a tool for human development and Olympic education and young people. The scholarship winners for 2012 will be announced at the start of next year and the 2013 edition of the Grant programme will be launched in April 2012.


Following our previous communication sent in October, we are pleased to inform you that the programme of the 4th International Sport Business Symposium on Olympic-related research, which will be held in Innsbruck on 12 January 2012, can be downloaded here. Registrations can be made at

- Registrations for the International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS) 2012 Open Modules are now open. The two upcoming modules are Sport Event Management & Organisation (SEMOS) and Sustainable Sport & Event (SSE), both taking place next February in Lausanne.
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Innsbruck 2012 coming soon! A New Year, a new Youth Olympic Games!  Between 13 and 22 January, over 1,000 elite young athletes from more than 65 countries will come together to compete at the first Winter Youth Olympic Games, held in Innsbruck, Austria. Building on the success of the first summer edition, Singapore 2010, this event will feature high-level sporting competition in each of the seven sports on the Olympic programme, combined with an interactive Culture and Education Programme to enable the young athletes to learn new skills, experience different cultures and build friendships.  To find out more about the Youth Olympic Games and for the latest news visit

- In keeping with a tradition from ancient Greece, last October, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly called upon every country in the world to observe the Olympic Truce for the 2012 Games in London. You are invited to read the full text of the resolution and find out more about the Olympic Truce.

- The report of the 2nd International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development, which was held with the UN last May, is now available on our website.

- We are pleased to make available to universities copies of two recent IOC publications entitled XII Olympic Congress. Copenhagen 2009 - Follow-up and The Olympic Games – Staging the Games. If you would like to receive a copy, please email us at

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