The Symposium Olympic Idea will pay an homage Prof. Dr. Lamartine DaCosta for his lifetime work in the field of Olympic studies, in particular in the philosophical, educational and cultural aspects of the sport and the Olympic Movement.
This symposium will be hosted by the Institut für Sportwissenschaft at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz from 7 to 8 September 2014 and will be devoted to promote debate in Olympic ideals today, and the challenges faced by the Olympic Movement in the future too. As a university research centre having been focused in Olympic Studies for the last 25 years, CEO-UAB wants to join and support this homage to Lamartine DaCosta, and is proud of the opportunities to closely collaborate with Lamartine in the field of Olympic Studies.
Lamartine’s contribution to Olympic studies goes back more than 40 years. Along this time, Lamartine has actively contributed to coordinate and promote Olympic studies in Brazil as lecturer of history of the sport at the University Gama Filho or as vice president of the Brazilian Olympic Academy. He has also been contributed in strategic planning of international sport by collaborating at World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the Trim and Fitness International Sport for All Association (TAFISA).
He has also worked to promote international cooperation in the field of Olympic studies. He has been member of the IOC Olympic Studies Centre Research Council, and has promoted international projects with research centres and groups, such as the East London Research Institute, the Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, and our Olympic Studies Centre at the UAB.
Lamartine was appointed visiting professor of the International Chair in Olympism (UAB-IOC) in 2004. The International Chair in Olympism is a programme jointly promoted by the UAB and the IOC since 1995 aimed to foster academic research and cooperation. Internationally renowned academic experts in social sciences and humanities are invited every year to become visiting professors. During his stay in the CEO-UAB, from the 1st to the 13th November 2004, Lamartine focused on the Olympic Movement, the sport and the culture, as well as the educational values of the sport. The program of activities focused on lecturing on the educational values of sport and multiculturality as a vehicle for the integration”.
Our collaboration with Lamartine continued through a series of international academic cooperation projects between Spain and Brazil, firstly focused on the mapping and development of Olympic Studies, and later on the planning, management and study of the impacts of the sport mega events, learning from the Barcelona’92 Olympic Games experience to apply it to the 2014 Football World Cup and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
Thanks Lamartine for your valuable contribution to the Olympic Studies, your leadership, creativity and inspiration!
The CEO-UAB team