International Olympic Academy Premises

Τhe magnificent premises, under the ownership of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, are situated a few hundred yards from the sacred site of Ancient Olympia. These grounds are sprawled over 900.000m2 of beautiful green and hilly countryside. In 1961, the German Carl Diem, one of the most important figures of the Olympic Movement and a pioneer of the IOA’s creation wrote:”The Olympic Academy that will be established here will be both the continuity of the ancient Academy, the Elis of today and the achievement of Coubertin’s projects to create an academic institution on the Olympic idea”. The IOA’s geographical location determines its ideological identity, which is further enhanced by the choice of the same site for the erection of the commemorative stele where the heart of Pierre de Coubertin rests.