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26 Nov 1999
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SYMPOSIUM ON VOLUNTEERS, GLOBALIZATION AND THE OLYMPIC MOVEMENT IS A GREAT SUCCESS


Lausanne, 26 November 1999 - The international symposium on volunteers, globalization and the Olympic Movement ended today at the Olympic Museum after three days of productive discussions. Organized by the International Chair in Olympism at the Autonomous University, Barcelona, in collaboration with the Olympic Museum and the Olympic Studies Centre, the aim of this symposium was to analyse all the Olympic and other aspects of volunteer work as a social phenomenon of the 20th century, and also to better understand practical experience of it in the context of major sports events.
Over 100 experts, representatives of non-governmental organizations, national and international volunteer associations, National Olympic Committees, international sports federations and Olympic Games organizing committees acknowledged the volunteers' contribution to the organization of the Olympic Games and expressed the need to recognize, facilitate and raise awareness of the selfless work of individuals who regularly offer their services free of charge.
The novelty of this fourth symposium was that over 200 people from 21 countries took part via the Internet. By visiting the symposium web site, they were able to see, in real time, what the speakers were saying, and also make their own comments and relate their own experiences. The conclusions of the symposium can also be found at this same Internet address.

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