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OSC Newsletter Number 20

10 Apr 2013
Olympic Studies Centre


The OSC is dedicated to disseminating information on academic activities related to Olympism, particularly through the newsletter, regular communication and our internet pages. This allows many researchers, students and representatives of the Olympic Movement to identify new sources of information or partners for their projects and to contribute to the development of knowledge of the Olympic phenomenon. We encourage you to participate actively in this sharing and to strengthen the network of Olympic studies by keeping us regularly informed of your activities. Thank you on behalf of all those interested in Olympic research! 


- The Research and Reference Service has updated and added to the reference documents on the mascots of the Olympic Summer, and Winter Games and the YOG. With the document already produced on the medals, the objective is to build up a historical and thematic series on the essential elements of the Games.  

- Take a look at the new interface of our digital Library, with more efficient consultation and new tools to facilitate your searches (alerts, faceted navigation, etc.)! 

- The IOC Historical Archives have processed the documents retracing the history of regional games. The dossiers on regional, sub-regional and affinity-based games give accounts from the 1920s onwards of the preparations for and running of these games, as well as the relations that the IOC maintained with the bodies tasked with organising the various editions. For more information, please contact

- For the 2013 edition of the Postgraduate Research Grant Programme, the OSC has awarded nine grants. Information on the grant holders and their projects is available on the news section of our website. The 2014 edition of the grant programme will be launched next April. The rules and the application form will be available here.


- The IOC announced in February that Buenos Aires (ARG), Glasgow (GBR) and Medellin (COL) had been shortlisted in the bid to host the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2018. The three cities were chosen by the IOC Executive Board from among five Candidate Cities vying to host the YOG after reviewing a report by the IOC Working Group. We invite you to read the Working Group report on the IOC website. This document was based on the Candidature Files and relevant documentation submitted by the five Candidate Cities. The election of the host city of the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2018 will be held on 4 July.  

- The 10th edition of the IOC World Conference on Sport and the Environment will take place from 30 October to 1 November 2013 in Sochi, Russia. The biennial event is one of the IOC’s key advocacy initiatives in the field of the environment and usually attracts hundreds of representatives from the Olympic family, governments, the UN system, academic institutions, NGOs, sponsors and the media. The online registration for the Conference will be launched on 1 May 2013 on

- A new version of the Olympic Legacy brochure updated with information and images from the 2012 London Olympic Games is now available on the IOC website


- For the 150th anniversary of the birth of Pierre de Coubertin, the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (CIPC) published a DVD featuring the first edition of the complete works of the founder of the modern Olympic Games. The collection of writings is the result of 30 years of research by professors Norbert Müller and Otto Schantz, and contains about 16,000 pages from – among other items – 34 books, 57 brochures, 46 leaflets and 1,224 articles. In collaboration with the CIPC, we are pleased to make available several copies for our academic contacts. To receive a copy, please contact us at

- The International Society of Sport Sciences in the Arab World (I3SAW), launched in 2011, is made up of scientists and specialists who share the value of supporting, advancing and promoting sports sciences in the Arab World. Its main research interests can be grouped into the following themes: sport sciences, sport management and policy, sport culture and society, physical education and adapted physical activity; sport history; and Olympic studies (including the Arab World and/in the Olympic Movement, Arab athletes’ performance in the Olympic and Paralympic Games and Olympism in Arab societies). You will find here more information about its objectives, missions and thematic research.

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