POSTED: August 8th 2013

Russia's commitment to Olympism solidified with new Memorandum of Cooperation

President of the EOC, IOC member Patrick Hickey; President of the ROC, Alexander Zhukov; and RIOU Rector, Professor Lev Belousov signed the Memorandum of Cooperation / RIOU
President of the EOC, IOC member Patrick Hickey; President of the ROC, Alexander Zhukov; and RIOU Rector, Professor Lev Belousov signed the Memorandum of Cooperation / RIOU

CHAD WISE / Sport Features Communications

(SFC) European Olympic Committees President Patrick Hickey, Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov and Russian International Olympic University Rector Professor Lev Belousov signed a Memorandum of Cooperation Thursday on behalf of the three organisations to commit to promoting the Olympic values and training a new generation of managers for the sports industry in Russian and Europe.

Each representative commented on the Memorandum of Cooperation strengthening Russia’s links with the other National Olympic Committees of Europe and its effect on the creation of opportunities for developing the Olympic legacy

“This Memorandum provides new prospects for cooperation between the ROC, the EOC and RIOU in the field of sports projects and education,” Zhukov said. “Today is another significant step towards Russia’s preparation for hosting the world’s most iconic sports events such as the IAAF World Championships, the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the Ice Hockey World Championship and the FIFA World Cup. The Memorandum means Russia is better positioned to harness the significant event-hosting knowledge we will receive from these events and pass it on to our European colleagues. I am sure such an exchange will benefit all parties.”

“Russia is one of the most prominent sporting hosts in the world and it is absolutely right that they are also taking a lead in sports education,” Hickey said. “RIOU is ideally placed in Sochi to become a centre of Olympic academia and at the same time it is the perfect place to learn about the practical side of organising major sporting events.

“I had the honour of giving a lecture at RIOU in 2011 and I am sure that students starting in September will be impressed with the high level of resources and expertise that will be available. I am delighted that the EOC has signed this Memorandum today and I look forward to all parties working together to further promote Olympism throughout Europe.”

“RIOU will be the main recipient of Sochi 2014’s legacy, both in practical and intellectual terms,” Belousov said. “RIOU’s academic staff will integrate this legacy into their sports management teachings on our inaugural MSA course, which starts in September. Eighteen professors from 10 different countries will teach an equally-varied group of students, hailing from diverse backgrounds within the sports world, including employees from EOC member NOCs such as Poland and Germany. Our University will therefore be a unique breeding ground for developing ideas to enhance the Olympic Movement and sport as a whole.

Keywords · European Olympic Committees · Russian Olympic Committee · Russian International Olympic University · Memorandum of Cooperation · Olympics · Olympism · Sochi 2014 · Russia ·

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