M.A. Olympic Studies

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Olympic Studies Centres (OSCs) are valued as an important link between the Olympic and academic worlds. The Olympic Studies Centre at the German Sport University Cologne (OSC Cologne) was founded in 2005 and was established as a central research and teaching facility in compliance with section 20 of the Federal Higher Education Act.

The forerunner of the OSC was the Carl und Liselott Diem Archive (CuLDA), which still exists as part of the current OSC. The OSC Cologne follows the tradition of the CuLDA in conducting research and delivering teaching about the Olympic Movement, Olympic Sport and the Olympic Games on a national and international level.

The profile of the OSC Cologne meets the expectations of a modern university landscape and its current activities in research, teaching, consulting and archival work are examples of how the key objectives of the OSC Cologne can be met. The activities are the following:

  • Transfer of academic knowledge on the Olympic Movement into the Olympic world through the international part-time programme M.A. Olympic Studies;
  • Development and expansion of research studies, information and documentation within the research centre;
  • Creating synergies in teaching, researching and consulting activities amongst national and international OSCs;
  • Strengthening links between the OSC Cologne and institutions linked to the Olympic Movement on the national and international level.


CIPC: First Online Meeting of Teachers from Coubertin Schools

Surely, after 23 years of our work with the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (CIPC) International Network of Pierre Coubertin Schools, 2020 was one of the most challenging years for all schools. Owing to COVID-19 pandemic, several projects, visits and meetings had to be cancelled or postponed.

In order to “keep the...


Diagoras Olympic Journal Special Edition

We are delighted to announce that the fourth issue of ‘Diagoras: The Academic Journal for Olympic Studies’ was published on 29.10.2020.


M.A. Olympic Studies - Ten Years Looking Back: E-Book available

The book "M.A. Olympic Studies - Ten Years Looking Back" is now available on our website. Under the link "Anniversary Book: TYLB 2020" you can download the e-book as a PDF, in epub format or read it online.