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30 Mar 2012
Olympic Studies Centre

OSC Newsletter Number 16


The Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck opened the year with great success. Young athletes from 70 countries were supported by more than 110,000 spectators. Highlights broadcast in more than 60 territories and the contribution of 8.5 million fans via social media confirm the strong interest in the Games. A few days after the closing of the YOG, IOC eyes in Lausanne were focusing on The Olympic Museum, which closed its doors to start a two-year renovation project. The aim of this total metamorphosis is to make the site a veritable Olympic “campus”, inviting visitors to dive into the history, legacy, dreams, challenges and values that have contributed to making the Olympic Movement what it is today. We invite you to follow the progress of the renovations via this website. The OSC team is currently moving from the Museum to its new location, the Villa du Centenaire, and will be reopening its doors in May 2012. 


- “Road to Sochi 2014 – Facts and Figures” is the latest package produced by the OSC. This document provides relevant facts and figures regarding the upcoming Winter Games in Sochi and the different aspects of the Olympic Winter Games in a historical perspective. It covers topics such as the Olympic flame and Torch Relay, ceremonies, programmes, medals, mascots, sports pictograms and posters, and also includes a chapter listing the main records at the Winter Games in terms of participation and medals won. In addition to these documents, Excel files are available, including lists of participants, medallists and Olympic programmes per event (Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014). Available in English upon request.  

- Did you know that biathlon joined the Olympic Winter Games programme in 1960; that Alpine skiing now features eight more events than when it first appeared in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1936; and that women will be able to compete for ski jumping medals as of 2014 in Sochi? Take a look at the OSC pages to find out more about how the Olympic Winter sports programme has evolved over time. With the launch of these latest reference documents, the Olympic history of all sports currently on the Olympic programme (Summer and Winter) can be looked up easily.  

- The Official Report of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games is now accessible on our digital library

- In the 2012 edition of the Postgraduate Research Grant Programme, the OSC has awarded seven grants. Information on the grant holders and their projects is available on the news section of our website. 


- The University of Peloponnese, with the support of the International Olympic Academy (IOA), is organising for the 2012-2013 academic year a new edition of the Master’s Degree Programme with the title “Olympic Studies, Olympic Education, Organisation and Management of Olympic events”. The deadline for applications is 30 March 2012. The announcement and the application form, as well as information concerning the 2012 IOA sessions, are available on its website.


- Participants in the 5th IOC World Conference on Women and Sport held in Los Angeles in February called on sports leaders to take a more proactive role in advancing the cause of women in and through sport. We invite you to read “The Los Angeles Declaration", a series of recommendations aimed at promoting gender equality in sport and using sport as a tool to improve the lives of women around the world. The official report and the presentations will be published at a later date. 

- In the framework of its activities as a Permanent Observer at the United Nations, the IOC has been publishing a quarterly information newsletter since 2011. The objective of this newsletter is to make the UN missions and other non-governmental organisations aware of the Olympic Movement’s activities aiming to place sport at the service of a peaceful and better world. We invite you to discover the newsletter on

- A new edition of the Code of Ethics, produced by the Ethics Commission and published by the IOC in January 2012, is now available at this link.  

- The 8th edition of the IOC World Conference on Sport, Education and Culture is scheduled to be held from 25 to 27 November 2012 in Amsterdam. The conference website will be launched in April 2012. Further information on the conference programme and themed sessions will be forwarded to you in the very near future. Please save the date in your diary! 

- We are pleased to make available to universities copies of two recent IOC publications entitled “The 7th World Conference on Sport, Education and Culture” and “The Youth Olympic Games – Spirit of the Youth Olympic Games”. The first document contains not only the presentations made during the conference but also documents and videos linked to education and culture. If you would like to receive a copy, please email us at

- On 25 and 26 February, the IOC President and the United Nations Secretary-General visited the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka, Zambia. The Lusaka pilot project is part of the IOC’s Sport for Hope project, whose objective is to build multipurpose sports centres in developing countries. Please click here to consult the Sport for Hope brochure, which is available in English only.

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