Lithuanian Olympic Academy
History of the Academy
In 1989, following the example of Western Europe, LNOC president Artūras Poviliūnas took the initiative to establish the Lithuanian Olympic Academy. His assembled initiative group, consisting of Prof Stanislovas Stonkus (basketball player, Melbourne Olympic Games vice-champion, former rector of the Lithuanian Institute of Physical Education and LNOC vice-president), Prof Jonas Šliažas (track and field athlete, coach, former LNOC executive committee member), Janis Grinbergas (former LNOC general secretary, member of honour of the International Handball Federation, international category handball judge), and Pranas Majauskas (weightlifter, coach, former head of the Kaunas Physical Education and Sports Committee), engaged in the tasks of the LOA constituent assembly. On October 27, 1989, at the former Lithuanian Institute of Physical Education in Kaunas, the constituent Lithuanian Olympic Academy conference took place, attended by famous sports scientists, Olympic Games participants, veterans, higher education lecturers. Prof Valerijus Jasiūnas was elected as the first president of the Lithuania Olympic Academy, Algirdas Raslanas as Vice-President, Prof Povilas Karoblis as dean, Ramutė Daniševičienė as secretary. Council members included the heads of five newly formed commissions: Saulius Kavaliauskas (History and Sociology of the Olympic Movement Commission), Pranas Majauskas (Olympic Ideas Propaganda Commission), Albertas Skurvydas (Physical Education and Sports Scientific-Methodic Commission), Angelė Seibutienė (Sports Medicine Commission), Justinas Lagunavičius (Library and Museum director). In 1990, LOA became a member of the International Olympic Academy. The Lithuanian Olympic Academy’s sessions and conferences have provided an opportunity for scientists, Olympic history researchers to present new work which was important for a country that had recently regained independence. On May 13, 1994, in Kaunas, a new LOA council was elected. Prof Povilas Petras Karoblis, athletics coach, head of the Sports Methodics Department at the former Vilnius Pedagogical Institute. There were several changes of Council members during the 19 years of his leadership. P. Karoblis resigned from the presidency on May 10, 2013, in an extraordinary assembly of the Lithuanian Olympic Academy. He was granted the title of honorary president of LOA. In a unanimous vote, the leadership was passed to Dr Artūras Poviliūnas, LNOC honorary president and former leader of 24 years with excellent knowledge of the Olympic Academy’s field of work and great authority in the international Olympic community. LOA unites over 130 members, including professors, docents, (habilitated) doctors, distinguished coaches, sports organisers, teachers, sports veterans, Olympians etc. Every year Lithuanian representatives participate in the International Olympic Academy’s sessions and conferences by reading reports, presenting their activity programs, delving into the projects of other national Olympic academies and scientific research on Olympism in various spheres. Over 30 of our country’s masters and doctoral students have participated in IOA sessions, 12 have earned a PhD degree, several have become professors.
Projects of the Academy
- Scientific workshops for physical education teachers
- drawing – for preschoolers
- photography – for students
- video – for students from sports schools, clubs
- camps and sessions for students
- seminars for trainers
- We hold classes for third-age university students; mind battles at student sports festivals, schools.
- We organize and participate in international sports science conferences.