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01 Apr 2015
Olympic Studies Centre

OSC Newsletter Number 28


With this new edition, we should like to thank the academic community once again for the warm reception given to the Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme. Indeed, since its launch last year, over 200 researchers have taken part in this Programme, demonstrating their ongoing interest in conducting studies on key themes proposed by the IOC and thereby strengthening the link between universities and the Olympic Movement. This excellent response will also make the task of those involved in evaluating the dossiers (university experts, Olympic Studies Centre and IOC administration) an intense and enriching one. We look forward to announcing the results in the next edition of the OSC Newsletter in June!


Olympic Review: Follow the life of the Olympic Movement through its official publication! All editions of the Olympic Review (from 1894 to the present day) are now available in digital format here .

Sport for All Commission: The list of archives is now available. It traces the history, missions and activities of this Commission and complements the series on IOC decision-making bodies already accessible online.

Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme 2015/2016: For this second edition, we are pleased to announce that we received 41 candidatures from 24 countries on five continents. A total of 110 researchers took part in individual and group projects covering the 18 proposed research themes. The next edition will be launched in October 2015.

Postgraduate Research Grant Programme: The 2016 edition of the programme will be launched at the end of March. The rules and application form will be available online. Applications should reach the OSC by 25 September 2015.

100-year anniversary of the IOC in Lausanne: For this event and as part of the activities organised locally, the IOC will open the doors of all its sites to the public on 27 and 28 June. This will provide an opportunity for visitors to consult a large number of the Pierre de Coubertin archives available on-site at the OSC. In its collections, the OSC also has over 70 biographies and 276 writings by Pierre de Coubertin. More info can be found in the selective bibliography or in our online catalogue


Masterʼs Degree Programme “Olympic Studies, Olympic Education, Organisation and Management of Olympic Events”: Organised by the University of the Peloponnese, with the support of the International Olympic Academy, the 2015/2016 edition will start in September 2015. This programme is designed for Bachelor degree-holders from Greek and other higher education institutions or graduates of Olympic Studies Centres as well as corresponding departments of recognised institutions of equivalent status in Greece and other countries. Applications will be accepted until 15 April 2015. More information is available from the Secretariat of the Master’s Degree Programme.

Citius, Altius, Fortius: This research journal, created in 2008 and produced by the Olympic Studies Centre of the Autonomous University of Madrid, is now available online. It offers Spanish-speaking researchers and students access to a new electronic source of articles on Olympism. 


Guidelines for high quality physical education: Prepared by the IOC, in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and several other international institutions, these new guidelines strongly encourage governments and education officials to invest in the physical education programmes that they offer. A pilot phase will run from March 2015 to April 2016, during which the IOC will offer its assistance to five pilot countries through their NOCs.

New YOG portal: Named “Compete, Learn & Share”, this new programme includes videos, quizzes, anecdotes and much more. Aimed at YOG athletes, it is also for young athletes worldwide, coaches, supporters’ clubs, federations and NOCs.

IOC Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS): Operational since the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and involving various Olympic family stakeholders, IBIS is establishing a strong link between the sports world and the realm of sports betting. Through confidential and secure communication channels, IBIS aims to create a framework for transparency and trust between all stakeholders. The platform is intended to safeguard competitions at the Olympic and Youth Olympic Games and major competitions of Olympic IFs from manipulation or negative influences which might potentially be connected to sports betting.           

Virtual exhibitions offered by The Olympic Museum: Based on the content of the permanent exhibition, The Olympic Journey presents the Olympic saga, from Ancient Greece to the present day, and takes you on a journey through the basics of Olympism. For a different look at the theme of the temporary exhibition Olympic Games: Behind the Screen, the interactive documentary LIVE: Broadcasting the Games teaches you a little more about the history of broadcasting the Olympic Games on radio and TV, and looks at new ways of experiencing the Games in the future.

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