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.


The 7th edition of the Diagoras journal is out!

The electronic journal Diagoras: International Academic Journal on Olympic Studies aims at stimulating a critical interdisciplinary dialogue on the Olympic and Paralympic Movement. The journal is published through a conjoint arrangement between the New Zealand Centre for Olympic Studies, University of Canterburythe Olympic...



The SportAccord conference took place in Birmingham between 7-11 April. The conference provided a great platform for our Olympic Studies Centre to make valuable connections and promote the M.A. Olympic Studies Programme. We look forward to strengthening the connections made.


Stephan Wassong met Michael Mronz

Stephan Wassong had the opportunity to meet Michael Mronz (Germany), who has been elected a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the 141st IOC session in Mumbai (India) on 17th October 2023.

In addition to his Olympic responsibilities, Mr. Mronz is a highly successful sport and sport event manager on the...