The International Olympic Academy organised the 12th International Session for Educators of Higher Institutes of Physical Education from the 25th of May to the 1st of June 2017. The Session’s special subject was “Olympism and Governance”. Seventy two participants took part in the Session from 43 different countries and most of them were university professors specialised in the fields of physical education and teaching of Olympic and sport principles.
After the Opening Ceremony of the works of the Session by the IOA President, Mr Michael Fysentzidis, Sir Craig REEDIE, IOC Member and WADA President gave an extremely interesting presentation regarding the “Zero tolerance on doping in Sport: What we have learned from the fight against doping” that was followed by discussions.
The second day of the session started with the lecture by Dr Uri SCHAEFER, President of the International Council of Sport Science & Physical Education (ICSSPE), on the subject “Higher education institutions using and leveraging the Olympic Games as a tool for building their research and teaching capacity”.
The third day, Prof. Christo DE CONING from South Africa talked about “The need for normative power to influence good governance by international sport organizations”, while Prof. Vassil GIRGINOV from Great Britain dealt with the subject “Governance of Olympic Legacy”.
The lecture by the Canadian professor Marijke TAKS, in relation to the “Governance in Sport and the Olympic Movement: The future of mega-sport events” was very remarkable.
On the fourth day, Prof. Dr Roberto MALUF DE Mesquita from Brazil presented “The Rio 2016 Olympic Games: The management of the Games and the social impact on the Media of Brazil”. Finally, Prof. Dr Yannis Theodorakis talked about “The role of the Olympic Movement in the refugee crisis. An exercise program for refugees”.
During the whole duration of the session, the professors participated in the new educational programme of the IOC OVEP II that was presented by Mrs Elizabeth SLUYTER-MATHEW, Mrs Elaine COOK, Mrs Narin HAJTASS and Prof. Dr Marion KEIM LEES.
The participants thought that the subject of governance in sport and the Olympic Movement was especially interesting since they got many new ideas and incentives to realize new programmes in their countries, a proof of the great success of the session.