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YOUR SOURCE OF REFERENCE FOR OLYMPIC KNOWLEDGE

The IOC Olympic Studies Centre is the world source of reference for Olympic knowledge. We are dedicated to sharing this knowledge with professionals and researchers through providing information, giving access to our unique collections, enabling research and stimulating intellectual exchange.

As an integral part of the IOC, we are uniquely placed to provide the most accurate, relevant and up-to-date information on Olympism. Our collections cover all the key themes related to the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement and their place within society.

Explore our unique resources

Our knowledge and collections are regularly enriched and include:

Join the academic community interested in Olympic studies

One of our key roles is to facilitate communication and cooperation between the IOC and the international academic community in order to promote research and stimulate intellectual exchange.

This worldwide community is mainly constituted by almost 40 Olympic Studies Centres, individual scholars and university students working on academic projects related to the field of Olympic studies.

Thanks to this regular exchange and the work conducted by the academics, we enrich the world’s Olympic knowledge, share new analysis on key topics related to the Olympic Movement and help universities wishing to launch initiatives on Olympic studies. 

Find all Olympic Studies Centres in the world and discover Olympic-related initiatives organised by the academic community. 

Join our academic mailing list
University professors and researchers are invited to be part of our academic community. To join, email us with a brief description of your academic status and your full contact details. Once registered, you will receive our quarterly academic e-newsletter and other updates concerning Olympic studies initiatives.

Academic research opportunities
If you are conducting Olympic-related research under a humanities or social sciences perspective and would like to apply for a grant, you might be interested in one of the two possibilities of funding offered by the IOC Olympic Studies Centre:

  1. For early career researchers: the PhD students’ Research Grant Programme;
  2. For established researchers: the Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme. 

We invite you to learn more about the objectives, rules, guidelines and application forms of the grant programmes here.

You can also consult here the list of the research projects that have been previously awarded.

In addition to these programmes and to respond to the specific research needs raised by the IOC, open calls for proposals for applied research may be launched throughout the year. These will be advertised on this website and to our academic community.

Consult our collections from wherever you are

Many of our resources can be consulted online, and publications can be borrowed via our inter-library and international loan service. If you do not find the resources you are looking for or if you wish to be informed on a monthly basis about the new releases related to Olympism and sport available at the Olympic Studies Centre, contact us at studies.centre@olympic.org or call +41 21 621 66 11.

You can also consult an online description of the various historical archives fonds. Please note that consultation of the historical archives is only possible on site and upon prior request and is subject to embargo rules.

The origins of the Olympic Studies Centre

The idea of creating an Olympic Studies Centre can be traced back to the reviver of the Modern Olympic Games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin.

To aid the progress of Coubertin’s work, the aim of the IOC Olympic Studies Centre is to preserve and share the history of the Olympic Movement to enrich the future of Olympism.

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I believe that a centre of Olympic studies would aid the preservation and progress of my work more than anything else. Pierre de Coubertin Pierre de Coubertin
France
Our Collections

Our collections

Explore our unique resources, which cover the Olympic Games and their athletes, the Olympic Movement and Olympic sports. Our vast collections, including archives and official publications, allow you to understand Olympism through its historical, economic, social and cultural aspects.

Our Library Catalogue

Look for a work or publication in our library catalogue. All you need to do is select IOC Olympic Studies Centre in the “Limit my search to one or several libraries” category.

E-Searcher

E-Searcher

This search tool enables you to launch simultaneous searches in all the electronic resources available at the Olympic Studies Centre, as well as in a selection of online databases and publication platforms. Please note that access to some full text resources requires a subscription. Please contact us if you cannot access the resources.


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Handbook on Protecting Sport from Competition Manipulation

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This handbook has been prepared by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) with whom the IOC signed an agreement in 2014. It complements global capacity building and training being undertaken by the IOC and INTERPOL that aims to assist sport in protecting clean athletes and clean competitions, particularly as they relate to competition manipulation. This handbook should be read, understood and acted upon by all national and international sports governing bodies and their staff.
Do you wish to borrow this book? Write to studies.centre@olympic.org.

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Doping and Public Health

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This important new book offers a comprehensive overview of the key aspects of doping as a social phenomenon. It introduces the epidemiology of doping, examines the historical context, and explores the social, behavioral, legal, ethical and political aspects of doping.
Do you wish to borrow this book? Write to studies.centre@olympic.org.

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Our Research Grant Programmes

Discover our various research grant programmes for PhD students or established researchers, and take an active part in Olympic studies.

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Official Olympic Games Results

Official Olympic Games Results

Search all the official results of the Olympic Games since 1896.


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