IOC Postgraduate Research Grant
“In 2008, I was awarded from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) the Postgraduate Research Grant. For the purposes of this project I stayed in Lausanne for around two weeks in order to research the archives of the IOC Olympic Studies Centre (OSC). This research specifically examined aspects in relation to the Regional Games and particularly in relation to the Far Eastern Championships and the African Games, organized in the pre-War period, and the resistance movement of the GANEFO Games, hosted in the troubled Post-War context. The research approach that was adopted in this project seeks to identify the structures and processes in development / at play across these two periods in the Olympic world.”

This was done by the archival analysis of several documents (such as correspondence, minutes, proceedings etc.) found at the Olympic Studies Centre of the IOC. The method that was followed for the analysis of the collected documents was the Qualitative Content Analysis (QCA) and more specifically the variation of the Ethnographic Content Analysis (ECA). The pre-war period provided evidence of colonial interests in the diffusion of modern sport and a concentration of power on the IOC as a key international organization in enabling and/ or constraining any other sporting regional movements to survive or cease. The pre-war period, especially in the context of Asia, witnessed the existence of Eastern imperialism which added another pressure on sporting structures, beyond the western cultural imperialist practices and forces. In relation to the Post-War period, the major concerns on the part of the Western elite represented within the IOC were linked to a fear of a threat to the global / universalist claims of the IOC. The organization and hosting of the Games of the Newly Emerging Forces (GANEFO Games) in 1965 posed a real threat of a breakaway movement to the IOC and reflects part of the challenges and tensions raised in the Post-War context.

Following my successful application and further recognised work on Olympic research, I was then invited by the OSC to be a Reviewer for their Advanced Research Grant programme.

 

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