VANCOUVER, Jan. 6 /CNW/ - The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is now
accepting applications for participants to attend the International Olympic
Academy's (IOA) 49th International Session for Young Participants (General
Session) in Olympia, Greece. The session will take place from June 10 to June
The aim of the IOA is to create an international cultural centre in
Olympia, to preserve and spread the Olympic Spirit, and to study and implement
the educational and social principles of Olympism.
The Session for Young Participants is open only to participants between
the ages of 20 and 35 at the time of the Session (IOA policy). The main topic
is 'Olympism' and the special topic is 'The Olympic Games as a Celebration:
Evaluation of the Olympic Games of Beijing and the course towards the Olympic
Games in Vancouver'. Candidates must have an understanding of Olympism and
demonstrate their active involvement in the Olympic movement. General
information on the IOA is available at www.ioa-sessions.org.
To learn more on how to apply, please find complete information regarding
the application process at www.olympic.ca/EN/education/academies.shtml.
Applications must be received at the COC Vancouver office by 5 p.m. PST,
Wednesday, January 28, 2009. Selections will be made shortly thereafter and
the successful candidate(s) will be notified the week of February 16, 2009.
All expenses will be paid during the course of the IOA, however delegates
will be required to provide their own transportation to Toronto or Montreal
(the Canadian departure points for Olympic Airways flights to Greece).
Delegates will also be responsible for expenses incurred in Athens prior to
the official start and after the official end of the Session.
The Canadian Olympic Committee is a national, private, not-for-profit
organization committed to sport excellence. It is responsible for all aspects
of Canada's involvement in the Olympic movement, including Canada's
participation in the Olympic and Pan American Games and a wide variety of
programs that promote the Olympic Movement in Canada through cultural and
educational means. For more information, see the COC website: www.olympic.ca.
For further information:
For further information: Steve Keogh, Director, Communications, Canadian
Olympic Committee, Phone: (416) 324-4146, Cell: (416) 806-3949, Email: