The need for the creation of such an educational institution was firstly recognized by Pierre de Coubertin himself, who wished to convey the Olympic idea to the contemporary world, as a means of education, and the best place for this to be founded was in the shadow of Kronion hill and in close proximity to the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia.
Avery Brundage, 1967: “Let us make Olympia one day the Mecca of Olympism”
The IOA has succeeded in becoming the unique authentic cradle of Olympic culture worldwide, becoming the cornerstone in Olympic Education, the ambassador of the Olympic Idea, contributing to the international understanding and the promotion of humanism through sport, maintaining the philosophy of Olympism in this sacred place vibrant with the same positive energy, as in the ancient time, carried to every corner of the world by members of the Olympic family, including those from the IOC, International Federations, National Olympic Committees and National Olympic Academies, who have visited the IOA since 1961 and participated in the programmes.
Throughout the years, the IOA has been trying to enforce the educational dynamic of the National Olympic Academies, worldwide, working closely with Academies established at a national level, as well as supporting the creation of Associations which will operate at a regional level, since the spread of Olympic Education, through such forms, following common cultural, historical and social structures, will lead to more efficient outcomes.
The European Olympic Association has been established, under the aegis of the IOA, in the core of the Olympic Movement, the continent of Europe, which is considered to be the birthplace of the modern Olympic heritage from the beginning of 19th century, since the Idea of the renovation of the Olympic Games was born in Europe and gradually expanded to all the parts of the world. This new European identity of NOAs highlights this legacy, and the IOA will sustain and preserve its role aiming towards the cultivation of Olympic culture to the youth of the European society.