National Olympic Academies and challenges of the post-covid world in implementing programmes of Olympic Education

The 17th Session for National Olympic Academies begun its online works on Friday 5th November with the participation of NOAs around the world and the insightful lectures of:

 Mr Richard POUND (CAN), IOC Member on “The importance of Olympic Education in the Olympic Movement”, Prof. Eric MONNIN (FRA), Vice-President of the University of Franche-Comté, Representative for Olympism, on “Paris 2024: The Olympic Educational Programmes”, Dr Gustavo Soares MARCOS (POR), Lawyer, Sports Counselor, NOA of Portugal Vice-President on “The Institutional Role of the NOAs in the Olympic Movement”, Prof. Ronnie LIDOR (ISR), President of the Academic College at Wingate on “Thoughts, Decision Making and Changes at Colleges of Physical Education during the Covid-19 Pandemic” and Ms Cecile FAYE (SEN), NOC Deputy Secretary General, NOA Director, Project Manager Officer Dakar 2026 Youth Olympic Games on “The Summer Youth Olympic Games in Africa”.

Furthermore, presentations will take place by Prof. Stephan WASSONG (GER), President of the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee and Director of the Olympic Studies Centre in Germany on the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee as well as Ms Xenia KOURGOUZOVA (IOC), Manager for Olympic Education International Cultural Affairs Unit, Olympic Foundation for Culture and Olympic Heritage.

The delegates are also called to explore potentialities of strengthening the NOA’s role and network in the Olympic Movement by sharing their expertise and knowledge through their working groups and discussion meetings.

 As the IOA President, Mr Isidoros Kouvelos highlighted in his address speech:

“The 205 National Olympic Committees must promote and spread the educational dimension of Olympism and this can be achieved through the establishment of the NOAs. And we must all work towards this end. However, it is a necessity to focus on a physiognomy of NOAs which must be structured around a working and productive model. The NOAs must be actively and substantially involved in the development of Olympic Education in their countries and be willing to further advance their work and be our pillar in the IOA’s long standing vision.

Within this context, we intend to propose and set guidelines on the establishment of NOAs, concerning their institutional and operational structure, in close alignment with the IOC, in order to provide a clear framework in their function. It is important for the Academies to be acknowledged in the list of the recognized NOAs and fulfill specific criteria. However, we must keep a consistency and at the same time preserve and respect the NOAs’ independency, according to each countries’ distinctiveness. Only in this way, will the NOAs’ network be strengthened and can reach mutual benefits.”

The works of the Session will end on Tuesday, 9th November, setting up the next meeting in a few months at the renovated IOA premises.