COVID-19 IMPACT ON THE OLYMPIC GAMES
AISTS SEMINAR ON REORGANISING TOKYO 2020
Are you interested to learn more about the operational impact of postponing the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020? In a recent session organised by The International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS), Pierre Ducrey, Olympic Games Operations Director of the IOC, speaks about how the IOC and Tokyo 2020 are addressing the reorganisation, from the set-up of the working structures to how the organisations are exploring opportunities to optimise and streamline the Games’ scope and service levels in order to reduce the impacts of the postponement. You can access it here. This event built on a first session held in May with Christophe Dubi, Olympic Games Executive Director, which provided a unique opportunity to learn about the process behind the decision to postpone and the work being done by the IOC, the Organising Committee and the entire Olympic Community to reorganise for next year. Find it here.
MEDIA OPERATIONS AT SPORTS EVENTS POST-COVID-19
The forced hiatus in the running of sports events across the world has also led to a reflection on how media working at sports events might have to adjust to new practices. Lucia Montanarella, Head of Olympic Games Media Operations at the IOC, took part in an online discussion with SportWorks about media operations at major sports events in the post-COVID-19 era, and raised ideas on how to deliver facilities and services to create the best coverage of the Olympic Games. If you want to learn more, watch the webinar here.
CENTENARY OF THE ANTWERP 1920 GAMES
On the occasion of the centenary of the Olympic Games Antwerp 1920, The Olympic Museum has delved into its archives to highlight the analogies between this post-war edition and the pandemic period we are living through today. This story is told step by step online on the Museum’s Blog, as well as on site in Lausanne as part of a free exhibition entitled "Antwerp 1920-2020: Standing in Solidarity, United Under the Same Flag".
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THE UAB CREATES THE SPORTS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
The Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) recently created the Sports Research Institute, an interdisciplinary institute bringing together different lines of research related to the world of sports practised at the UAB, as well as academic programmes and knowledge transfer in this area. This new institute brings together 35 senior researchers from some 15 different departments to identify the new tendencies and solutions that can be offered to the sector. It will also offer Master's degrees and other postgraduate programmes, as well as PhD programmes and a variety of innovative academic courses, such as the massive open online course (MOOC) on the Olympic Games and the media. The new institute will be replacing what was the Olympic Studies Centre, created in 1989, and will be taking on its activities and international relations' network.