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30 Sep 2014
Olympic Studies Centre

OSC Newsletter Number 26


The Second Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Nanjing ended on Thursday 28 August after 12 days of exciting competitions involving 3,800 young athletes from over 200 National Olympic Committees. Speaking during the closing press conference, President Bach said, “These have been the Youth Olympic Games of innovation”, not least thanks to the creation of the Sports Lab and the huge success of several new events and sports. All the athletes were also able to take part in a number of culture and education activities, to help them better understand the dangers of doping, corruption and harassment in sport, injury prevention, and the need to follow a healthy lifestyle. To provide more information about the YOG, the Olympic Studies Centre (OSC) has published four factsheets on the vision and principles of the YOG, the sports programme, the culture and education programme and facts and figures from the previous editions. In addition, our digital library regularly offers new documents available on line. “Nanjing Jiantao, nos vemos en Buenos Aires!”


- The OSC offers access to over 100 publications from the Organising Committee of the Olympic Games in Sochi, half of which can be accessed directly online through our digital library.
- The description of the archives of the Athletes’ Commission, the Olympic Movement Commission and the Marketing Commission is now available. These archives document the history, missions and work of these commissions, and form part of the IOC decision-making body series already accessible.
- We remind you that the application deadline for the 2015 edition of the PhD Students Research Grant Programme is 26 September 2014; the second edition of the Advanced Olympic research grant programme will be launched in October 2014.         More details
- The OSC will shortly be updating the information and list of activities of the OSC and Olympic research groups around the world. If you are in contact with an institution that is not included in our list, please inform us by email.


- Tokyo 2020 has signed a partnership agreement with 552 universities from every prefecture in Japan to promote Olympic education; help keep Olympism at the heart of Japanese society; and raise awareness of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020. Through this agreement, which was signed in June this year, Tokyo 2020 acknowledges the important role of universities as a platform to engage with young people and promote Olympic values in Japan.
- The University of Tsukuba and the AISTS (International Academy of Sports Science and Technology) recently signed an official partnership agreement to deliver education to Tokyo 2020 as part of their new “Sport for Tomorrow” programme. Both institutions will work together on the delivery of education modules specifically targeting the needs of Tokyo 2020. To manage this effort, the University of Tsukuba has created a new department, Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies (TIAS), which will be managing the delivery of education programmes for Tokyo 2020.


- Organised by the German Sport University in Cologne (DSHS), in cooperation with four other European universities, the fourth edition of the MA in Olympic Studies will start in March 2015. This programme is designed for part-time students, with seminars spread over two years. Applications for the fourth intake will be accepted until 30 September 2014. To obtain an official application form, contact the Study Coordinator at the DSHS.
- On 7 and 8 September, with the support of various institutions, including the IOC OSC in the framework of its Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme, Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz hosted the 3rd edition of the International Symposium for Olympic Research entitled “Olympic Idea – Quo Vadis”. The book of abstracts and some live streaming presentations are now available.


- The marketing report on the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi and the Global Audience and Broadcast Report are now available on line.
- We invite you to read the 2013 Annual Report published by Olympic Solidarity, which lists the main results of the programmes and various work undertaken to support the NOCs during the year in question.
- Almost two years after the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the British government published a new report on the main impacts of the Games, not just in London but also on the whole country. The report looks at the benefits to the British economy and the numerous other Olympic legacies, including the number of foreign visitors, the transformation of the Olympic Park, the increase in sports participation in the UK and the legacy in terms of volunteering.
- At the 6th World Conference of the International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport, held from 12 to 15 June in Helsinki, President Bach called for sport free of all discrimination, and stressed the role that sport can play in advancing the cause of gender equality. His speech is available on line; the reference document “Women in the Olympic Movement” has been updated by the OSC to reflect this.


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