Estonian Olympic Academy



Name of Academy

Estonian Olympic Academy
Eesti Olümpiaakadeemia



Name of President

Neinar SELI

Foundation Date


History of the Academy

Estonian Olympic Academy (EOA) was founded in 18.04.1989 in Tartu. Since 2009 it operates as an independent non-governmental organization, being at the same time a member of the Estonian Olympic Committee.

Projects of the Academy

The main programs of the EOA for different target groups are the following.

1. Public programs
  • Annual Conferences
  • Summer Sessions
  • Annual Award for the best sports publication named Georg Hackenschmidt since 2011 (in cooperation with the Estonian Sports Museum)
  • Olympic Education Website
2. Programs for the athletes and coaches
  • Traditional scientific sessions for analyzing performance of Estonian Olympic athletes since 1992
  • Involvement of Olympic sportsmen into educational activities (School Olympic Games, Summer Sessions, Integration projects)
  • Educational materials for the Estonian Olympic team
3. Programs for the universities
  • Integration of Olympic topic into the curriculum of Tartu University
  • Essay contest for choosing participants to the IOA sessions
  • Annual scholarship named Prof Atko-Meeme Viru for the best young sports scientists since 2009
  • Conferences and seminars (in cooperation with the Tartu University)
4. Programs for the schools
  • Project “School Olympic Games” since 1997 – to explaining Olympism and the idea of Fair Play, raising interest to the sport and physical activity, bringing Olympic Games to every student
  • Project “Fair Play in Youth Sport” since 1997 – to valuating the honesty and respect in youth sport by annual contests and special awards (FP medal, T-shirts, books)
  • IOA Young participants sessions since 2011 – to educating young participants, promoting Olympic values through sports and motivating participants’ activity, creativity and voluntary work; to compiling new educational material (board game)