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03 Apr 2014
Olympic Studies Centre

OSC Newsletter Number 24


Only a few days ago, after inspiring and impressive athlete performances at the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the curtains fell on Sochi 2014. The diversity of the athletes was unparalleled in the history of the Olympic Winter Games, with a record number of NOCs and events represented. On the final day of the competition, the IOC Athletes’ Commission acknowledged in particular “those athletes who have proudly represented their nations against a backdrop of challenges in their home countries. Their efforts have highlighted the power of sport in bringing people together and the enduring importance of the Olympic values in today’s world”. We invite you to remember some magical moments of these Games, already known as the “athletes’ Games”, and to watch the latest Olympic YouTube Channel video entitled “Best of Sochi”, which gives a retrospective look at some of the sensational moments from the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.


We are pleased to announce that thanks to large digitisation efforts, the complete collection of Official Reports of the Summer and Winter Olympic Games is now accessible in electronic format via the OSC website.

After the mascots, Olympic posters and medals, a reference document on the torches and the relays of all editions of the Olympic Winter Games has been added to the historic and thematic series on the essential elements of the Games produced by the OSC. It systematically presents all the facts and figures on the torch, its design, technical characteristics, and considerable information on the various aspects of the relay. A version of this document for the Summer Games torches and relays is currently being prepared and will be shortly available.

For the first edition of the advanced Olympic research grant programme, the OSC has received 44 candidatures from 25 countries and 5 continents. A total of 99 researchers applied as part of individual and group projects covering all the priority research themes proposed. We take this opportunity to thank the academic community for its excellent response to this new programme. The selected 2014/2015 grant-holders will be announced in June 2014, and the 2015/2016 edition of the programme will be launched in October 2014.


The Russian International Olympic University (RIOU) is opening applications for the 2014-2015 edition of the Masters in Sport Administration. The first deadline for applications is 1 May 2014. More information, including the application form, is available here.

The OSC has been informed of several Olympic-themed Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) initiatives. As part of our Olympic studies observatory, we would be grateful if you could inform us if you or your university are involved in this type of initiative, in order to help us better grasp to which extent Olympic knowledge is being disseminated through this type of course and to be able to share this information via our web site. Thank you!


At the 126th IOC Session, held in Sochi from 5 to 7 February, the IOC members debated ideas that will make up the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, known as the “Olympic Agenda 2020” and which was launched last year by President Thomas Bach. We invite you to discover on our website the working documents which served as a basis for the discussions, which were structured around five specific themes (The uniqueness of the Olympic Games; Athletes: at the heart of the Olympic Movement; Olympism in action: keep Olympism alive 365 days a year; The IOC’s role: unity in diversity; and finally The IOC’s structure et organisation).

We are pleased to make available copies of the Sochi 2014 Legacy Report published in January by the Sochi Organising Committee to universities. If you would like to receive a copy, please email us at

The first International Day of Sport for Development and Peace will take place worldwide on 6 April 2014. Launched in 2013 by the UN at the initiative of the IOC, this day pays tribute to the role of sport and physical activity as a tool for community development and social change. The dedicated website will serve as an interactive platform linked to social networks and allow you to create and register your proposed projects.

We invite you to read the 2014 edition of The Olympic Marketing Fact File available on the web. This file is a reference document on the marketing policies and programmes of the IOC, the Olympic Movement and the Olympic Games. It presents a clear, simplified overview of Olympic Movement revenue generation and distribution.

The IOC World Conference on the Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport will be held in Monte Carlo, Monaco, from 10 to 12 April 2014. This Conference will be a valuable platform for discussion between eminent experts in the fields of medicine and sport. It will also be an opportunity to present the main conclusions of the study to monitor injuries and illness during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.

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