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30 Apr 2001
IOC News , Press Release


Lausanne, 30 April 2001 - The 11th World Congress of the International Association for Sports Information (IASI) took place from 25 to 27 April at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. The theme of the Congress was “Sports Information in the Third Millennium”.

The main aims of this world forum were to encourage scientific and technological exchange of sports information between institutions and those responsible for this activity in their respective countries, and to establish common procedures for the implementation of new information technology. This international gathering brought together over 200 sports information experts from over 60 countries throughout the world.

During the statutory IASI assemblies which took place before the congress, Alain Poncet, head of the Department of Sports Information and Documentation at the National Sport and Physical Education Institute, a national establishment of the French Ministry for Youth and Sport, was elected President of the Association. He succeeds Mrs Nerida Clarke, who headed the National Australian Sports Information Centre in Canberra.

The Congress was organised by the Olympic Studies Centre (OSC) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Institute of Sport Sciences and Physical Education at the University of Lausanne. On this occasion, the OSC also offered a seminar on sports and Olympic archives, as well as a visit of the Museum and OSC collections.

This event was just one of the symposiums and congresses organised annually since 1995 by the OSC on themes related to Olympism, bringing together professionals and representatives of the academic world.

Having adopted the Olympic cycle, this event followed on from the Paris Congress, which was held at the French Olympic Committee headquarters in 1997. The IASI, which has been recognised officially by the IOC since 1994, wanted once again to show its commitment to the Olympic cause and underline the importance of the place and role occupied by Olympic information in professional sports information.

A selection of the speeches will be available shortly on the Olympic Museum website at the following address:

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