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Meet the World through the Olympic Games2014.06.17
Study of Olympic Movement and Education
Professor Hisashi Sanada, Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences
24 (16 faculty members, 0 postdoctoral fellows, 8 from other organizations)
Olympic Games, Olympism, Olympic education, Olympic movement, Jigoro Kano
With enthusiasm and expectation, the Olympic Games are held every 4 years (or 2 years including the Winter Games). During this period, our interest is concentrated on our representative athletes’ performance broadcast over TV networks. Regardless of whether or not you are engaged in sports daily, the main topic of conversation is the TV coverage you watched the previous night. To promote the Olympic movement, this research unit, Study of Olympic Movement and Education, has developed Olympic education programs and systems to provide advanced Olympic education in Japan and other Asian countries in cooperation with affiliated schools (Figure 1).
International Olympic Committee (IOC)-certified Center
With Jigoro Kano, who was Japan’s first IOC member, as its former president, the University of Tsukuba has nurtured a large number of Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Furthermore, some of our graduates have contributed to society as National Team coaches, sport institution staff members, or physical education teachers. The Center for Olympic Research & Education was launched in the University of Tsukuba to support physical education and sports in Japan as a unique center for research and education, certified by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), to promote the Olympic movement and nurture manpower with intelligence, virtue, and vitality (Figure 2).
Promoting Olympic Education
During the Olympic Games, although we tend to just focus on competitions, it is obligatory for host sites to implement cultural programs. The purpose of Olympic education is to develop an understanding of the cultures and situations in other countries through this international event. Currently, this research unit is examining the contents of Olympic education in other countries to develop appropriate Olympic education programs for elementary, junior, and senior high schools, as well as those for children with special needs (Photographs 1 and 2). It is the world’s only organization providing Olympic education in schools for children with special needs, aiming to nurture children’s positive attitudes toward making efforts through sports. In such education, those with visual impairment also participate in relay races, using a rope extended from the center of the course. When they pass a baton to the next runner, with the teacher’s assistance, their faces beam with delight and vigor.
● Participating in the First International Colloquium of Olympic Studies
●Concluding a partnership agreement with a German Olympic research center
●Issuing the Journal of Olympic Education
(Interviewed on June 6, 2013)