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16 Dec 2002
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Students Given Financial Boost By International Olympic Committee

Students from China, Germany and Greece researching subjects, including the effect on the employment market of staging Olympic Games, and a study of sports equipment during the inter-war years, have been awarded a series of grants by the International Olympic Committee's Olympic Studies Centre under its Postgraduate Researchers Grant Programme, in order to facilitate their work.

The Postgraduate Researchers Grant Programme, now in its fifth year, gives postgraduate students or university teachers1 financial assistance for a period of up to three months to travel to Lausanne and consult the IOC's historical archives (correspondence and documents, photos and films), works in the library and the documentation in the Olympic Studies Centre at the Olympic Museum. This year, a Research Council, composed of academics plus representatives from the Museum and the Olympic Studies Centre, chose four out of the 28 applicants as the lucky beneficiaries of the grant. The details of the winners and their research subjects are as follows:

- Daphné Bolz (Germany - University of Strasbourg and Free University of Berlin): Sport and Olympism through sports equipment of the inter-war years
- Liao Hanwen (China - University of Sheffield, United Kingdom): Evaluation of the Olympic built environment for sustainability: a new approach to develop guidance for sustainable environmental architecture design for the 2008 Olympic Games and beyond.
- Evangelia Kasimati (Greece - University of Bath, United Kingdom): The macroeconomic perspectives of hosting mega-events: a research for employment effects.
- Andrea Vollrath (Germany - University of Hamburg): Research on textual, visual and auditive sources that give evidence of creating collective and/or national identities in the Olympic Games, predominantly Sydney 2000.


1 University teachers must have obtained their doctorate or masters in the last five years to be eligible for this grant

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