The IOA’s reform presented in the XXV ANOC General Assembly in Crete

The President of the International Olympic Academy, Isidoros Kouvelos introduced the International Olympic Academy’s reform to all the representatives of the National Olympic Committees who participated in person and virtually in the XXV General Assembly of the Association of NOCs (ANOC), which took place in Crete.

Referring to the recent inauguration ceremony and the reopening of the renovated premises, he highlighted the significance of the IOC investment to that project, its long-standing support to the IOA work and their future partnership in the educational development of the IOA’s activities.

“This cooperation gives us the confidence that the IOA will obtain a prominent role in the overarching mission of the Olympic Movement. Our purpose is to create new conditions for high level educational opportunities, always in collaboration with the International Olympic Committee, adapting a common strategy. The IOC investment for the renovation project, which has just now completed, changes radically the physiognomy of the IOA and transforms it to a pure educational and self-sustainable Institution, with solid and modern facilities capable of hosting high level events.”

Looking ahead, the IOA sets specific objectives for its future course:

  • To identify synergies between the IOA and the IOC, National Olympic Committees, Universities and other educational institutions, with the objective to develop programmes for the IOA to respond to the IOC’s strategic roadmap.
  • To enhance the role of the NOAs worldwide and their relation with their respective NOCs, to encourage and assist their work and to cooperate with other institutions devoted to Olympic Education.
  • To further develop the IOA academic offering, using all means of contemporary educational tools, including online education, in order to achieve its goals more efficiently.
  • To build and promote the IOA as a recognized brand which stands for high level quality academic education, within and outside of the Olympic Movement.


These objectives constituted the core of the IOA’s strategic plan which was elaborated within a framework of a new form of close partnership with the IOC and was presented last month to the IOC.

The National Olympic Committees extended their support to the educational work of the IOA and recognized the need to reinforce the role of the NOAs in their respective countries for the promotion of Olympic Education.

Within the context of the ANOC General Assembly, the IOA President had also a series of meetings, among which with the NOC President of Saudi Arabia, HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki ALFAISAL ALSAUD in order to identify new synergies and explore forms of collaboration for the dissemination of Olympic Education in Saudi Arabia.