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IOCOSC Research Project:
The Development of Olympic Athletes Welfare: Models Collection and Learning

Introduction
In order to smoothly promote Olympism and substantially develop the Olympic Movement throughout the world, Dr. Pierr De Coubertin, the founder of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the father of the modern Olympic Games, had emphasized the importance of research and development ever since the founding of IOC in 1896. In 1912, IOC established Olympic Studies Centre (IOCOSC) and Olympic Library in its organization. The two departments work collaboratively on promoting various kinds of research work concerning Olympic activities and preserving sustainable legacies in the cities that hosted the Olympic Games. (http://www.olympic.org/olympic-studies-centre)
Recently, IOCOSC urges the academic institutions of IOC members to establish Olympic studies centers. It has promulgated measures about grants for scholars to do studies and researches on theoretical and practical R&D works pertinent to issues and activities of the Olympic Movement. On July 25-26, 2012, right before the opening of the London-Olympics, IOCOSC appointed Prof. Ian Henry from Loughborough University, UK, to hold The First Colloquium of Olympic Studies and Research Centre. Scholars and professionals of Olympic Studies Centers all over the world were invited to participate in the colloquium to exchange ideas of theories and methods and practical experiences.
Hosted by IOC, this pioneer academic activity attracted distinguished scholars throughout the world and reached many significant consensuses during the two-day seminars, including:
1. The next two colloquia will be held in Sochi, Russia in 2014 and Rio, Brazil in 2016.
2. All the Olympic Studies Centers respect and consult the research outcomes of their peer institutions.
3. In the coming four years, seven key research issues are conducted. They are:
(1) Olympic Education: To promote the Olympic Movement to the public throughout the world
Coordinator: Dr. Otávio Tavares (Brazil)
(2) Olympism and Multiculturalism: To review and analyze sport promotion outcomes through the modes of Olympism
Coordinator: Professor Jimmy Parry (UK)
(3)New Media: To understand the application of new technology to the Olympic Movement
Coordinator: Professor Emilio Fernandez Pena (Spain)
(4) Paralympics: To understand the conceptual and development of the olympic Movement to the disabled
Coordinator: Dr. Eli A. Wolff (USA)
(5) Olympic Athletes Welfare: To compare and understand the 204 NOCs Olympic athletes’ life career development and their demands and satisfactions related to the services which LOCOG provided to them during the 2012 Olympic Games.
Coordinator: Dr. Kong-Ting Yeh (Taiwan)
(6) The Olympic Memories and Knowledge Management: To analyze the application and management of Olympic legacies
Coordinator: Dr. Thierry Zintz (Belgium)
(7) Youth Olympic Games/Youth and Olympism
Coordinator: Professor Martin Schnitzer (Austria) and Dr. Paul Hover (The Netherland)
All the above-mentioned research issues will take the second year as the mid-term year and the fourth year the final. Take this term for instance. The mid-term outcome will be reported in the 2014 Colloquium in Sochi, Russia, and the final outcome will be reported in the 2016 Colloquium in Rio, Brazil.
IOCOSC has invited Professor Wassong (Chair), Mrs. Nuria Puig (Director of IOCOSC), and the organizers of the 2012 Colloquium and the following colloquia in the coming four years, including 2012 Summer Olympics Loughborough, UK (Prof. Ian Henry), 2014 Winter Olympics Sochi, Russia (Prof. Belousov), the organizer of 2016 Summer Olympics Rio, Brazil, and one of the seven coordinators of the key issues, to form a steering group to proceed the researches of the key issues and the promotion of works related to the Olympic Movement.
In the future, each Olympic Studies Center (OSC) will interact and cooperate with one another to:
1. Establish liaisons among all OSCs through IOC.
2. Form research groups by other members of OSCs (six at most for each issue) in addition to the above-mentioned coordinators of the seven research issues.
3. Exchange information and development outcomes interactively with other OSCs and provides (see attached minutes).
The project develops from the resolutions of the colloquium and is entitled: The Development of Olympic Athletes Welfare: Models Collection and Learning (DOAW).