Central Olympic Academy of Russia
History of the Academy
The Central Olympic Academy of Russia was founded in 1991 based on the former Soviet Olympic Academy after the dissolution of the USSR. Central Olympic Academy functions at the Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism in Moscow. The University’s rector at the time Professor Valery Kuzin was also the President of the Academy in the 1990s. Since 2005 till present day the Central Olympic Academy is headed by Professor Nataliya Melnikova. The activities of the Central Olympic Academy are carried out according to the annual plan of the regional Olympic academies activities approved by the Russian Olympic Committee. Central Olympic Academy does not only coordinate and maintain close ties with Russian regional Olympic academies but also established cooperation with national Olympic academies of other countries. In 2018 Central Olympic Academy as a representative of the Russian Federation became one of the co-founders of the European Olympic Academies.
Projects of the Academy
Olympic Session for Students and Young Researchers “Olympism, Olympic Movement, Olympic Games: History and Modernity” is the largest annual national scientific conference on Olympic issues for young researchers under the age of 35. It is organized by the Central Olympic Academy (COA) together with the Russian Olympic Committee and the Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism. Representatives of the regional Olympic academies of Russia, regional sports universities and colleges as well as other young researchers from all over Russia take part in the Session. Session also serves for the selection of Russian representatives for the IOA Young Participants Session in Olympia. COA annually publishes the collection of scientific articles on the issues of the modern Olympic movement called “The Olympic Bulletin”. Articles are collected from researches working on these issues at the regional Olympic Academies and sports universities. Articles are published in Russian with English abstracts. Three years ago a separate section for the English articles was introduced. “The Olympic Bulletin” is registered in the Russian Science Citation Index (a bibliographic database of scientific publications in Russian). COA was one of the developers of educational programs concerning sports diplomacy, its connection to the Olympic movement and its educational potential. These were the two masters programs called “Sports Diplomacy” developed with assistance from the COA. The first one is a joint program between the Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport and Tourism and Moscow State Institute of International Relations which is the leading institution in the field of diplomacy. This program is focused more on the aspect of international relations. The other one is carried out solely by the Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport and Tourism and is focused more on the aspects of the international sport and the Olympic movement. The acquired knowledge, skills and abilities allow graduates of the master’s programs to work in government institutions of the Russian Federation related to both foreign policymaking and sports and also in non-governmental organizations (sports federations, NOC etc.). COA together with the Russian Olympic University in Sochi regularly organizes training programs for teachers, educators and sports officials on subjects such as Olympic Education, issues of the modern Olympic movement, sports diplomacy and others. COA took an active part in the organization of the International Young Olympians Forum that took place in Moscow on June 1, 2019. COA staff developed the content for an educational program on the Olympic Games and Olympic movement, Youth Olympic Games, Olympic values and principles and Olympic education. At the forum, COA representative were lecturers at the educational stations and presented the information to the participants.