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08 Jan 2013
Olympic Studies Centre

OSC Newsletter Number 19


It doesn’t seem that long ago that, in December 2011, we spoke to you, in this Newsletter, about the “future” first edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, the London Games and the OSC’s move to the Villa du Centenaire. All these events, and many more, are now part of a past which has provided us with wonderful memories and experiences. We are happy to have shared with many of you at least some of these experiences, and to bring you, in this year’s last edition of the OSC Newsletter, a glimpse of the past as well as to present you with some future activities. The whole OSC team sends you its best wishes for 2013 and looks forward to continuing our collaboration.   


- The second edition of the Road to Sochi 2014 file is available on request. It includes a compilation of facts and figures on all past editions of the Winter Games, as well as on Sochi 2014.This version also contains a section on the evolution of the sports of the Winter Games programme. 

- The Official Report on the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in 2012 is now accessible in our digital library.  

- Stay informed about the latest publications! Sign up for the library’s list of new publications and you will receive, every month, the latest Olympic and sports publications. Send us an email to register.  

- The historical archives have been working on a series that retraces the history of regional games. Files on world, continental and intercontinental games include information dating back to the 1920s on the preparation and running of these games, as well as the IOC’s relations with the various bodies in charge of organising them.  For more details 

- For the 2013 edition of the Postgraduate Grants programme, 41 candidates from 25 countries on all five continents have submitted their individual or collective projects to the OSC. The recipients of the 2013 grants will be announced at the start of next year, and the 2014 grants programme will be launched in April 2013.  


- We invite you to discover London 2012 - Delivering on a Vision  and London 2012 - Spectator Experience. These films, summarising the London 2012 key success factors and the global spectators’ experience, were presented last November during the debriefing of the 2012 Games in Rio de Janeiro

- Under the motto “Olympism powered by YOUth”, 500 participants from 110 countries gathered at the 8th IOC World Conference on Sport, Culture and Education at the end of November in Amsterdam to discuss the policies, practice and potential of sport and Olympism as they relate to culture and education. The conference resulted in the Amsterdam Declaration – a call for action unanimously approved by all the participants.

- This year, the IOC published a brochure on Olympic Legacy. This publication, available on the IOC website, addresses the IOC’s vision on the global legacy concept and the more specific sporting, social, environmental, urban and economic legacies. 

- The 15th IOC World Conference on Sport for All will take place in Lima, Peru, from 24 to 27 April 2013. Discussions and practical sessions will focus on three key themes: Social Benefits, Sports Facilities / Public Spaces, and Partnerships. To register and learn more, visit the conference website

- The IOC has launched the registration process for the third edition of the International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development which will take place from 5 to 6 June 2013 at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York, USA. This biennial event aims to assess the successes and challenges of using sport as a tool for human development and peace promotion and looks at how to pave the way for future concerted action in these fields.


- The MA in Olympic Studies, a part-time programme organised at the German Sport University in Cologne in cooperation with five other European universities, will start its third edition in September 2013. The two-year degree programme is supported by the IOC and aimed at participants who already have working experience in the field of sport, education, management, administration and media. The university is implementing a high-level, interdisciplinary curriculum in Olympic Studies, which fosters the links between the academic and Olympic worlds. The application deadline for the third edition of the Masters programme is the end of March 2013. Information on the application procedure and the programme can be found online

- The JA Samaranch OSC at the Barcelona Olympic Foundation, the Autonomous University of Barcelona OSC and the Municipal Archives of Barcelona have launched Barcelona Olímpica, a project and online platform devoted to preserving and disseminating the Olympic and sports memory of the city, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Games. This initiative provides coordinated services to access the information on the Barcelona’92 Olympic Games’ collection including more than 11,000 books, 180 journal titles, 6,300 videos, 240,000 photographs and 45 linear metres of press clippings.

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