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09 Oct 2013
Olympic Studies Centre

OSC Newsletter Number 22


This new issue of the OSC Newsletter reaches you two weeks after an intensive IOC Session in Buenos Aires, where Tokyo was elected to host the 2020 Olympic Games; wrestling came back to the Olympic programme for the Summer Games in 2020 and 2024; and Thomas Bach (GER) was elected as the ninth IOC President. We invite you to read President Bach’s manifesto built on the principle of “Unity in Diversity” in which he stresses the importance of dialogue, not only among the Olympic Movement stakeholders but also “with the realms of culture, politics, education, business, media, science, etc.”. He further argues that (…) “We need this input, because sport is no longer an island in the sea of society” (…) and that this dialogue “will produce new ideas and progress for our Olympic Movement”.


- Ahead of the election of the ninth IOC President, the OSC created the reference document “Elections of the President of the IOC” which provides readers with all the key facts related to the election of past IOC Presidents, including dates, candidates, voting results and changes to the rules where relevant. This document complements the IOC historical archives collections (fonds) devoted to each of the IOC Presidents, available at the OSC.

- The descriptions of the fonds on the 1988 Summer and Winter Olympic Games in Seoul and Calgary are now available. These fonds cover the IOC’s activities linked to the preparation, organisation and holding of these Games, and join the series on the Summer and Winter Games already available.

- Check out here the latest additions to the Olympic legacy bibliography and the complete list of our collection of periodicals.

- Reminder: The deadline for submitting applications for the 2014 edition of the PhD Students Research Grant Programme is 27 September 2013.

- The first edition of the Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme will be launched by mid-October. Further information will be available on our website.


- On 23 August, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly approved by consensus a proclamation establishing an International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. The Day will be celebrated each year on 6 April, the date of the opening of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, by UN member states and other stakeholders. In this context, the General Assembly recalled the IOC’s role in promoting healthy lifestyles and creating access to sport for as many people as possible. Additional information including the text of the proclamation is available here.

- The 6th IOC International Athletes’ Forum, held in Singapore last June, resulted in a series of recommendations for the Olympic Movement to take action in a number of areas affecting athletes. The full set of recommendations will guide the work of the IOC Athletes’ Commission for the next two years.

- The report on the 8th IOC World Conference on Sport, Education and Culture held in Amsterdam in November 2012 and including all the original presentations is now available on DVD to universities upon request. Please contact us to receive a copy.

- The IOC has opened registration for the 10th World Conference on Sport and the Environment, which will take place in Sochi, Russia, ahead of the Olympic Winter Games, from 30 October to 1 November 2013. Learn more about the topics and the registration process on the official Conference website.

- The next IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport will take place from 10 to 12 April 2014 in Monaco. Additional information on the Conference and its registration process is available here.

- The IOC has recently launched a Diploma in Sports Medicine aimed at further building education and knowledge in the important field of athlete health protection. The two-year postgraduate online course will focus on the health and performance implications of participation in elite sport, but will also consider the role of physical acti-vity, nutrition and other lifestyle factors in promoting good health in general. 


- On the occasion of the 150 anniversary of Pierre de Coubertin’s birth, the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee, in collaboration with the Olympic Museum, is organising an international symposium on 24 and 25 January 2014. The symposium will take place in the renewed facilities of the Olympic Museum in Lausanne and the programme, entitled “Pierre de Coubertin and the Future”, will include numerous keynote lectures delivered by internationally well-known researchers and a short paper session. For further information, please contact Prof. Stephan Wassong.

- The 2nd edition of the International Colloquium of OSCs, originally scheduled in Sochi next February, has been postponed to 2016 in order to ensure large participation by OSC representatives and to give more time to research teams to deliver high-quality project results. For further information on the future working programme, please contact the Chair of the OSC’s colloquium steering committee.

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