The Legacy of Jacques Rogge

Sep 20
2013

Dr._Jacques_RoggeThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) has recently elected the 9th President of the organisation at its 125th Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tomas Bach of Germany emerged the victor over three five other candidates. Read the rest of this entry »

13th Olympic Congress – a colossal disappointment

Oct 16
2009

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It took 15 years for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to host the 13th edition of the Olympic Congress and yet for all of the expenses incurred the result was perhaps one of the most disappointing of all time.

There is an unfortunate truism that in the world of international sport there remains a façade of democracy and nothing more. There is not an International Federation (IF) that can escape this accusation and the IOC can readily be added to that list.

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The Olympic Movement today

Jun 29
2009

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The Olympic Movement recently celebrated its 115th anniversary. The International Olympic Committee was established on 23 June 1894, at a meeting convened at the Sorbonne, Paris, France. The Movement has been through many different circumstances, including having to cancel the Olympic Games during the years of the world wars in the 20th century, and today remains the strongest symbol of the positive values associated with sport in the world. Read the rest of this entry »

The autonomy of the Olympic Movement

Jun 12
2009

dsc00603The International Olympic Movement has always valued its autonomy. This is a critical feature of the institution that has ensured its ability to survive beyond the narrow confines of politics and the unfortunate incidence of wars.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC), chief custodian of the International Olympic Movement, was established in times that posed serious challenges to the hallowed traditions of society such that de Coubertin and others who were involved in the establishment of the Modern Olympics considered sport a viable option for youths who were increasingly disenfranchised and marginalised in the so-called development process. A sort of chronic decadence encroached on society threatening the future by its impact on youths. Read the rest of this entry »

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