30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OLYMPIC MUSEUM
The Olympic Museum turns 30! Home to nearly 100,000 iconic objects, 900,000 images, 58,000 hours of film, 1.25 linear kilometres of archival documents and 38,000 publications at The Olympic Studies Centre, the Museum is custodian to the world's largest and most complete collection of Olympic heritage. Since its foundation in 1993, it has welcomed nearly six million visitors.
The idea of creating The Olympic Museum came from Pierre de Coubertin himself. In his plan for the “New Olympia”, which he wished to set up on the shores of Lake Geneva, he envisioned a place that would bring together historical and contemporary Olympism.
Designed by Mexican architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez and Swiss architect Jean-Pierre Cahen, the Museum was inaugurated on 23 June 1993 by the then-IOC President, Juan Antonio Samaranch.
This short video captures this important 30th anniversary milestone.
LAUNCH OF THE OWL NETWORK
The Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) has become the first partner of the Olympic World Library (OWL) network. The OWL network is a new initiative of The Olympic Studies Centre, aimed at bringing together and making Olympic and sports-related library collections from various institutions easily accessible via the network catalogue. Users can freely access the bibliographic descriptions and digital documents of all partners.
Marking this collaboration, the COE is notably making the publications of Conrado Durántez, founder and former President of the Spanish Olympic Academy and expert on the history of the modern and ancient Olympic Games and Pierre de Coubertin, accessible via the platform.
Check out the COE’s OWL page here.
JOURNAL OF OLYMPIC HISTORY ARTICLES NOW ACCESSIBLE VIA THE OLYMPIC WORLD LIBRARY
For more than 30 years, the International Society of Olympic Historians (ISOH) has contributed to the promotion and study of the Olympic Movement and the Olympic Games by researching into their history, gathering historical and statistical data, and publishing its research findings via its Journal of Olympic History (JOH).
Relying on the contributions of the ISOH’s over 500 members and Olympic historians from all corners of the world, articles in the JOH include fascinating insights into Olympic history, and curiosities about Olympic sport, its athletes and its organisers, and they have become an important source of information for professionals and researchers alike.
As a result of the close cooperation between the ISOH and The Olympic Studies Centre, 85 issues of the JOH and 741 articles (including all editions up to 2020) have been digitised and are now freely available for online consultation via the Olympic World Library.
SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH (SSR) COLLABORATION PLATFORM
As part of the SSR Collaboration Platform, a new website hosted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has been launched to promote social science research, highlighting funding opportunities and facilitating access to research findings.
This platform was established in 2021 in partnership with the Council of Europe, the European Commission, the Partnership for Clean Competition, UNESCO, the International Olympic Committee and WADA to share best practices, raise the visibility of SSR, and increase its usability - and ultimately its impact on the sporting system.
More information here.
OLYMPISM FOR HUMANITY INCUBATORS OF CHANGE ACROSS CONTINENTS
Olympism for Humanity Academy (O4H), the Center for Intercultural Education and Development (CEID) at Georgetown University and the International Olympic Academy have established the Olympism in Action Certificate programme to prepare the next generation of “Peace and Democracy Champions of Change”.
Through the programme’s hybrid online and field-based training methodology, participants across continents will develop a personal toolkit with guidelines on how to design and deliver data-driven “Olympism in Action ventures” to champion change in their communities.
The CIED-O4H Georgetown University Certificate Program aims to promote a worldwide academic diplomacy network and a Global Innovation Hub for embracing Olympism, democracy actualisation, and humanism as a peacebuilding platform and an enabler for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. More information can be found via this link.