A delighted Riker-Fox declared, “I have seen pictures of the campus and it looks amazing. It is complete with Olympic history, including the bid books from every Games. I am pumped to read and touch history, and to meet athletes from around the world (in a more relaxed setting than I've typically encountered). Dr Brown, a professor of mine through university, encouraged me to attend for years, and he'd spent 7 weeks there during his Graduate work out of the University of Western Ontario. I feel so blessed that I now have this opportunity.”
The International Olympic Academy functions as a multicultural interdisciplinary centre that aims at studying, enriching and promoting Olympism. The foundation of such an institution was inspired by the ancient Gymnasium, which shaped the Olympic Ideal by harmoniously cultivating body, will and mind. On the eve of the 21st century, the centennial anniversary of the revival of the Olympic Games coincides with the global scale changes that are affecting every aspect of human thought and activity.
We, our cultures and our civilisations have already entered a greater transitional period in which the images of the world that we were used to taking for granted are being altered. The interrelated scientific, technological, economic, political and social developments that characterise the course of humanity towards the third millennium are influencing each and every idea, norm and institution of our international community.
This dynamic wave is also opening up new forms of dialogue for the future of Olympism. Moreover, as can be seen through the study of its age-long history, the Olympic Ideal has always been conceived and formed according to the wider conditions prevailing during different periods in time.
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