National Olympic Academy of Portugal
History of the Academy
NOA Portugal was founded on December 4th, 1986, composed by the participants in the previous IOA international sessions for young participants, as well as several members of the NOC board. In 1992, following a similar decision by the NOC, the Portuguese Olympic Academy changed its name to Portugal’s Olympic Academy, which it currently bears. According to the charter of the NOC Portugal, the NOA is an «integrated entity», which confers a statute of autonomy regarding budget and activities. Nevertheless, the NOA’s functioning depends largely on NOC’s funding. The statutory mission of NOA Portugal is to study the Olympic phenomenon and to promote the Olympic values.
Projects of the Academy
Since 1988, NOA Portugal conducts an Annual Session, which functions as a seminar on Olympic issues held for three days (current format) in a different city each year. Since 2006, NOA Portugal organizes regular travelling exhibitions on Olympic thematic, mainly devoted to the history of the Portuguese participation in the Olympic Games or more specific subjects (the Olympic mascots, for instance). Since June 2019, NOA Portugal has been doing the «Olympic Talks», a gathering held every month with special guests (usually Olympic athletes) to talk with everyone interested in Olympic subjects. These talks take place in a different city each month, in partnership with town halls, universities and other institutions. The NOA’s website has been used also to publish opinion articles, through which members of the Academy express their personal opinions. This project («In the opinion of…») allows touching a variety of Olympic subjects. In 2020, NOA Portugal is to implement what it called «Olympic Cultural Program 2020», a project aiming to involve the input of as many activities as possible, promoted both by the NOA and by several dozens of institutional partners. These activities must be submitted to at least one of the following subjects: «Olympic Games», «Japan», «Tokyo». Each of these activities shall discuss the subject in an artistical or ideological point of view, rather than referring sport in any technical approach.