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27 Mar 2000
IOC News , Press Release


Lausanne, 27th March 2000 - What:
A press conference will be held on 29th March in Lausanne to announce the results of the Olympic Art and Sport Contest 2000, organized by the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Commission for Culture and Olympic Education. This competition falls within the framework of the Forum "The IOC and its Cultural Policy", to take place on 30th March at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.

An international jury will have made a previous selection of 16 works (eight sculptures and eight graphic works), which will then be divided between the Olympic Museum and the Espace Arlaud, where they will be on display from 6th to 25th June 2000. They will then be sent to Sydney to be exhibited there during the Games of the XXVII Olympiad. The first three winners of each category will receive respectively US$ 30,000, 20,000 and 10,000.

The IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Education invited all the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to organize the Olympic Art and Sport Contest 2000 from June 1998 to November 1999. Fifty-four NOCs responded to this invitation and sent the Commission their country's winning works (maximum three sculptures and three graphic works). These works (68 sculptures and 113 graphic works) will be submitted to the jury of the contest on 28th and 29th March.

The jury will be co-chaired by the IOC President and the Chairman of the IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Education, Mr Zhenliang He. It will be composed of eminent personalities from the arts world: the Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Saw, Prof. Wang Hongian from the Beijing School of Fine Arts, Jean Durry, director of the French National Museum of Sport, Betty Churcher, art historian and former director of the National Gallery of Australia, and the Mexican Iker Larrauri, an artist himself, who designed the museography for the Museum of Ethnography in Mexico and the Olympic Museum.

For the first time since 1948, the IOC, thanks to its Commission for Culture and Olympic Education, is re-establishing a tradition held dear to Baron Pierre de Coubertin who declared that “it was not fate which had once brought together writers and artists in Olympia around ancient sports, and which had determined that the prestige the institution had enjoyed for such a long time had derived from this remarkable group”. The Commission regularly submits projects to the IOC Executive Board, aimed at promoting culture through sport.

29th March 2000, 6 p.m.

Mr Zhenliang He, President of the IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Education and Vice-Chairman of the jury

Olympic Museum – Auditorium
1, Quai d’Ouchy
CH - 1006 Lausanne
tel.: (41.21) 621 65 11 // fax: (41.21) 621 65 12

Media representatives should confirm their attendance with the IOC Department of Communications and New Media, tel.: (41.21) 621 61 11; fax : (41.21) 621 63 56.

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