Early education of administrators
Some years ago the IOC commissioned a number of outstanding educators to prepare a manual for the training of administrators of Olympic sports. Several others reviewed this manual before it secured the approval of the IOC. Funding was then provided through Olympic Solidarity, the development arm of the IOC, for the production of these manuals and NOCs were encouraged to apply for resources to facilitate the conduct of the Administration Courses in their respective countries.
The courses were to target administrators of Olympic sports and required attendance by participants for a period of approximately 35 hours.
After a number of years with the original manual the Olympic Solidarity introduced a revised version. The NOCs were given the option of determining for themselves precisely what type of format they would use to conduct the programmes using the manual for sport administrators.
In the 1990s the Olympic Solidarity responded positively to a new Olympic education initiative that initially targeted NOCs in Europe. The programme was simply titled, an Executive Masters in Sports Organisation Management (MEMOS), which gained accreditation from the University of Lyon, France.
Olympic Solidarity was so impressed with the MEMOS that it was decided to expand its reach to the global membership of the IOC, a situation that still exists today.
Olympic Solidarity, to its own credit, continues to seek out new ways of facilitating the enhancement of NOCs across the world in all aspects of sport. Not surprisingly therefore Solidarity developed yet another programme for the administrators of Olympic sports – the Advanced Sports Management Course (ASMC).
Consistent with all of its education programmes the ASMC’s goal is to make a difference in the way sports administrators go about the business of managing the Olympic Sports Organisations (OSOs around the world, thereby enhancing the performance of the end product – the athlete.