ethics lecturer, Jim Parry, has been appointed
international professor of Olympic studies,
a visiting post at the University of Barcelona.
He is the first European to fill this prestigious
position, which is awarded annually. It was
created within the centre of Olympic studies
as a permanent marker of the 1992 Olympic
Games in the city.
Jim Parry said: The post is a great
honour, particularly in a year where Britain
is thinking hard about whether to continue
its Olympic bid.
The Games have become a huge event with
enormous amounts of money involved, but the
founding principles were to promote the role
of sport in education and society, to remind
people that sport can be an important, formative
educational influence. The Games are two events
every four years but the work to promote sport
which goes on day in, day out, is just as
The Barcelona post involves post-graduate
teaching, lectures, research and fostering
international links with other centres of
Olympic studies in Seoul, Montreal
and Rio de Janeiro and with the Olympic
Museum in Lausanne and the International Olympic
Academy in Greece. Dr Parry is also involved
in a group hoping to set up a centre for Olympic
Studies in Britain, at Loughborough University.