As this challenging, yet inspiring Olympic year comes to an end and we look forward to the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games just ahead, Olympic history is being written as we speak. In our mission to safeguard and share this history and facilitate and support research we are encouraged by the global reach of our programmes and resources.
Over the years, 300 researchers from all continents have benefited from research grants, 400’000 users from over 200 countries have visited the Olympic World Library just this year, and over 50.000 people follow us on Facebook. It shows that the Olympic Movement, under its multiple facets is being studied and taught in all corners of the world. We are committed to continue to develop our offering with the vision to further strengthen Olympic education and studies.
We thank you for your trust and wish you peaceful end-of-year festivities and a happy and healthy new year!
Maria Bogner and The Olympic Studies Centre team
THE 2022/2023 EDITION OF THE ADVANCED OLYMPIC RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAMME HAS BEEN LAUNCHED
For this new edition, we invite researchers to submit proposals related to at least one of the 19 priority fields of research identified by the IOC this year. As you will see in the rules, the topics cover key IOC areas of activity, such as supporting athletes, the legacy of the Olympic Games, the contribution of the Olympic Movement and the world of sport to the Sustainable Development Goals, gender equality, and ethics and governance.
The deadline for applications is 31 January 2022. You will find further information, including the rules, the priority topics, application form and the list of research projects awarded grants in the past here.
NEW ZOOM IN PAGES
Don’t miss our latest ZOOM IN pages, which bring together the most relevant resources on important topics to foster education, teaching and research.
The ZOOM IN on “Media coverage of the Games” lets you research into how media and technology have evolved over time to ensure the fullest coverage and the most comprehensive audience for the Olympic Games, and the ZOOM IN “Impact of COVID-19 on sport and the Olympic Movement” offers resources and information on how the Olympic stakeholders were affected by the pandemic and the measures taken to help everyone in this very difficult period.
NEW ON THE SHELF
In 2021 we have acquired more than 1,400 new publications for you. This means that, on average, we added five new publications per day to our collection. All these new resources are openly accessible on the Olympic World Library. To avoid missing out on all that is new on the “digital shelf”, we recommend that you sign up to receive automatic email alerts. This takes only five minutes.
Two of the most recent highlights are:
THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE ATHLETES’ COMMISSION: ITS FOUNDATION, DEVELOPMENT AND TRANSITION, 1981-2000
STEPHAN WASSONG, in collaboration with MICHELLE FORD-ERIKSSON
Published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Athletes’ Commission, this meticulously researched and elaborately edited book charts the history and evolution of the IOC Athletes’ Commission from its early beginnings in 1981 to 2000. The book looks back at the Commission's various initiatives and institutional reforms that have contributed to the development of its modern profile and central role today. The book is free of charge and available online (accessible in full text).
OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC ANALYSIS 2020: MEGA EVENTS, MEDIA AND THE POLITICS OF SPORT: EARLY REFLECTIONS FROM LEADING ACADEMICS
DANIEL JACKSON AND AL.
Tokyo 2020 were clearly "Games like no other", but in what way exactly? A post-Games report compiles the immediate thoughts and insights of over 100 academics from leading institutions around the world as they reflect on and evaluate the event. From the logistics of staging the Games during a pandemic, to the beauty, power and joy of the athletes' performances, to the production and consumption of the Games by the media, Tokyo 2020 provided food for thought and a wide range of themes are addressed in these 113 accessible, short and insightful contributions (accessible in full text).
REOPENING OF THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC ACADEMY
A new era for the International Olympic Academy (IOA) has started with the reopening of its facilities in October, after an 18-month renovation period.
Located in ancient Olympia (Greece), next to the archaeological site, the IOA is devoted to delivering unique educational programmes and experiences to all those who wish to understand, connect with, study and learn about Olympism and its philosophy in a purposeful way. Contact the IOA directly to book your event at this truly magical place.
More information on the reopening event here.
OLYMPIC FILMS REVIEW
The aim of an Official Film is to bring a unique editorial angle to the Olympic Games experience and to capture the soul of a specific edition, while also considering the broader social and cultural context.
From the first films about the Games in Stockholm in 1912, more than 40 long-form documentaries and 60 additional short films have been meticulously researched and restored, and are all accessible here.
David Wallechinsky, a renowned Olympic historian and former President of the International Society of Olympic Historians, has reviewed all of them and shares his reviews here.
3RD INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM OF OLYMPIC STUDIES AND RESEARCH CENTRES
On 23 and 24 September 2021, representatives of academic Olympic Studies and Research Centres (OSRCs) had the opportunity to meet online and share experiences on collaborative research and teaching initiatives during the 3rd International Colloquium of Olympic Studies and Research Centres.
The event was organised by the Centre for Olympic Research and Education (CORE) of the University of Tsukuba (Japan). We invite you to learn more about some of the OSRCs thanks to a series of videos produced for this occasion (see here).