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International Olympic Academy


Ancient Olympia is a unique landmark for modern sport that directly refers to the history of the Olympic Games. The archaeological sites in this region of the Peloponnese and the museums with their rich finds are a major tourist attraction, not only for their link to the philosophy of Olympism that flourished in ancient Greece, but also for the region’s broader symbolism.
It was therefore natural for the revivers of the Olympic Games to choose this site for the creation of the International Olympic Academy, a cultural and educational centre of international renown whose objective is to disseminate the values and principles of Olympism and to broaden the knowledge on the subjects of this humanist philosophy.
The International Olympic Academy hosts each year a series of international sessions attended by young people from all over the world, representatives of sports institutions, and special courses on peace, international relations, humanitarian law and other scientific subjects related to the sociological impact of Olympism on our modern world.
The IOA, in cooperation with the University of Peloponnese and the John S. Latsis Public-Benefit Foundation, has initiated, since 2009, an International Master’s Degree program on Olympic Studies, unique of its kind.
In the Coubertin Grove, which is part of the IOA grounds, lies the heart of Pierre de Coubertin, in a commemorative stele according to his wishes.   
The IOA facilities in Ancient Olympia are situated in an area of 9000 square metres and include: 

  • A Conference Centre (1800 m2) built in 3 levels which includes:
    •  The modern and fully equipped amphitheatre “Dimitrios Vikelas” of 450 seats with the provision of simultaneous translation in 8 languages
    •  2 teaching rooms of 50 seats each (which can be divided in 4 rooms) with the provision of simultaneous translation in 4 languages
    •  2 additional teaching rooms of 20 seats each
    •  A library with study areas, fully equipped on Olympic and sports related issues (more than 16.000 book titles)
    •  An IT room
  • The conference hall “Otto Scymiczek” of 250 seats with the provision of simultaneous translation in 4 languages
  • An administration wing
  • Rooms with the provision of accommodating up to 280 persons:
    •  22 single rooms (en suite)
    •  76 double rooms (en suite)
    •  15 dormitories of 8 persons (en suite)
  • Restaurant and cafeteria
  • Wireless internet access is available all over the facilities
  • Sports facilities:
    • A soccer field
    • A track and field
    • Two basket-ball courts
    • Two volley-ball courts
    • Two tennis courts
    • A swimming pool

Note: The facilities can be offered to educational institutions for conferences of sports content.

- IOA offices in Athens: Working hours: 8.00 – 16.00
- IOA offices in Ancient Olympia: May-October: 8.00 – 20.00