THE IOA THROUGH TIME

  • 1938

    A plan for the establishment of the IOA in Ancient Olympia is submitted by Ioannis Ketseas, IOC member for Greece and the German philhellene Carl Diem to the Hellenic Olympic Committee. The plan was adopted by the HOC and was officially approved by the 38th IOC Session in Cairo.
  • 1939

    The IOC places the IOA under its auspices during the 39th IOC Session in London.
  • 1947

    Ketseas and Diem submit a memorandum on the operation of the Academy to the 41st IOC Session in Stockholm.
  • 1949

    On April 28th, the 44th IOC Session in Rome approves the establishment of the IOA by the HOC, under the auspices of the IOC.
  • 1961

    On June 16th, the IOA is officially inaugurated, and the first annual International Session is held. In addition, the IOA receives the Bonacosa Award.
  • 1967

    The first permanent premises of the IOA are completed. A special IOC commission is created to coordinate the IOA’s relations with the Olympic Solidarity and the Olympic Movement.
  • 1970

    The IOA receives its second Bonacosa Award. Its activities increase and Sessions, covering all aspects of the Olympic Movement, are included in the educational programme.
  • 1981

    The IOA receives the Olympic Cup, which was created by Pierre de Coubertin and awarded every year by the IOC.
  • 1994

    New conference halls, a library and an administration building are added to the IOA facilities in Ancient Olympia.
  • 2003

    The IOA becomes an autonomous legal entity of private law.
  • 2007

    (26 August) A fire destroys the largest part of the wooded area inside and around the IOA premises including Cronion Hill.
  • 2009

    The IOA upgrades its educational activities by establishing, in cooperation with the University of Peloponnese, a Master’s Degree programme.
  • 2010

    The IOA begins its journey in the Youth Olympic Games with its interactive programme “Discovering the Olympic Values” during the 1st YOG in Singapore.
  • 2011

    The IOA further expands its programmes by cooperating with high level universities and other educational institutions from around the world. The emblem of the IOA changes, combining the history of the Academy using the archaic A, symbolically tied with an olive wreath on the Olympic rings.
  • 2012

    The IOA participates in the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games of Innsbruck (Culture and Educational Programme). IOA’s participation in the Olympic Games of London in the Greek House. The IOA begins its cooperation with the universities Yale and Harvard.
  • 2014

    The IOA participates in the 2nd Youth Olympic Games of Nanjing (Culture and Education Programme).
  • 2015

    The IOA participates in the 1st European Games of Baku.
  • 2016

    The IOA participates in the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games of Lillehammer (Learn & Share Programme).
  • 2018

    The IOA participates in the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games, in Argentina.
  • 2020

    The IOA conducts its sessions online for the first time in its history due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 2021

    The complete renovation of the IOA premises in Ancient Olympia is concluded thanks to the financial support of the IOC. A new era begins.