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06 Jan 2014
Olympic Studies Centre

OSC Newsletter Number 23



On December 10, the new Olympic Museum and its Olympic park, on which the OSC is also located, reopened its doors after 23 months of renovation. The formal inauguration of The Olympic Museum was preceded by the IOC’s Key Handover ceremony between Honorary President Jacques Rogge and President Thomas Bach. The entirely revamped museum, which will welcome the public as of 21 December, integrates the latest technological innovations and a new museographic-themed approach, and will let visitors from all ages 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 discover the new museum via the website and look forward to welcoming you in Lausanne in the near future. In the meantime, the OSC team sends you its best wishes for the year end festivities and the new Olympic year!





The OSC is continuing to work on creating historical and themed series on the Games essentials. After the Olympic mascots (winter, summer and YOG), four new documents have been produced as part of this collection. The reference documents on the summer and winter Olympic posters give a glimpse of the official and non-official posters published for each edition of the Games from 1896 to the present day. The documents on the summer and winter Olympic Games medals retrace their evolution since the first Games of the modern era, and also provide the latest information on the Sochi 2014 medals.


The description of the archives from the 1992 Albertville Olympic Winter Games is now available. These archives retrace the IOC’s activities linked to the preparation, organisation and running of these Games and have been added to the Olympic Winter Games series already available.


For the new edition of the PhD students research grant programme, the OSC received 20 candidatures from 14 countries, and awarded five grants. Information on the 2014 grant holders and their projects will feature soon in the News section of our website. The 2015 edition of this programme will be launched in April 2014.

Reminder: The deadline for submitting candidatures for the first edition of the Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme is 10 February 2014.





The new edition of the 2009-2012 IOC Final Report - Building a legacy through sport, is available on our website. This document provides key information on the IOC’s activities linked to four major action areas: assuring the regular celebration of the Olympic Games, mobilising young people, promoting sport and the Olympic values, and supporting the Olympic Movement (MO).


We invite you to read the full text of the declaration adopted by the participants in the 10th IOC World Conference on Sport and the Environment, held in Sochi from 30 October to 1 November 2013. This declaration contains a set of sustainable development recommendations addressed to the various stakeholders in this field. The final report will be available under request during the first half of 2014.


Responding to an invitation from IOC President Thomas Bach, the senior representatives of the OM’s key stakeholders met at the beginning of November at the IOC headquarters for the Second Olympic Summit. The meeting formed part of the on-going open dialogue and consultations that the IOC is looking to increase with its main stakeholders on the main topics of interest and concern to the OM. On this occasion, the subjects addressed included the fights against doping, match-fixing and illegal betting, the sports calendar and autonomy and good governance in the OM. We invite you to read the press release summarising the main outcomes of this important meeting.


The report on the 3rd International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development held in New York in June 2013 is now available on our website.

Last November, the IOC President spoke at the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, where a resolution was adopted urging all member states to observe the Olympic Truce during the next Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to be held in February in Sochi, Russia. On this occasion, President Bach outlined his vision of how sport and politics can work together to build a better and more peaceful world. The full text of his speech and additional information about the Olympic Truce are available on our website.

Beginning of December, the IOC Executive Board concluded a four-day brainstorming seminar where discussions and centered on the following key issues, pertinent to the future of the OM: The Uniqueness of the Games; Athletes at the Heart of the OM; Olympism in Action; The IOC’s Role; and The Structure and Organisation of the IOC. The ideas generated during the meeting will form the basis of the Olympic Agenda 2020, a roadmap for the OM under Thomas Bach’s presidency that is expected to be finalised by the end of 2014. The ideas and proposals generated will be discussed by the full Session of the IOC in Sochi, and those selected will then be taken forward in working groups, which will present concrete proposals later in the year. A brief summary of the decisions taken in this seminar are available here.

The Olympic YouTube Channel is regularly enriched with educational videos describing the multiple facets of the OM and the Olympic Games. We invite you to watch one of the latest videos entitled “Beginners’ Guide to the Olympics” which illustrates in a very easy manner what is behind the Games.

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