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Issue 488, 24 February 2003
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Olympic posting

Sports 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 important.”

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.

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