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36OLYMPIC REVIEW OLYMPIC CONGRESS THEOLYMPIC MOVEMENT INSOCIETY CONGRESS THEME

of progress that promotes fundamental values such as self- respect, respect for others and respect for the rules. Furthermore, because of its educational value, sport should be closely linked to education in general. What better partnership could there be for improving the human condition than the combination of education and sport? Of course, education and sport will not stop wars, they will not solve the problems of those who struggle each day merely to survive, nor will they heal all the wounds afflicting our world. Even so, it can be argued that education and sport bring us closer to a world that is more humane, more just and more peaceful. And it is certain that those who, for political, ideological, religious or economic ends, or through pure irresponsibility, prevent individuals from getting an education and taking part in sports, jeopardise the entire human condition. The question in the minds of many delegates at the Congress will certainly be: what methods should be applied to ensure that the Olympic Movement retains its unique character and values, while keeping pace with social change? This is probably the greatest challenge facing us. The other question that arises when organising such an event is how will the 13th OlympicCongress be remembered 15 years from now? An outline of the response can be found in the first volume of ? OLYMPIC REVIEW37 OLYMPIC CONGRESS T he overarching theme of the 13th Olympic Congress, to be held in Copenhagen this October, is " The Olympic Movement in Society"- a highly pertinent title given the constant and rapid changes taking place in today's society. On 11- 12 July 2009, The International Herald Tribune published an article by Rob Hughes entitled " In a globalised world, sport emerges as a force for change". In it, the journalist quotes the views of several prominent people on the role of sport in bringing about change. How many of us believe, perhaps naively, that sport is genuinely a way of changing the world in which we live? Judging from the views expressed by representatives of governmental and non-governmental organisations, leading figures from the public and private sectors and sports governing bodies, as well as sportsmen and women, there seem to be many who share that belief. But we may well wonder whether sport should really be a force for social change. We might also consider to what extent society fashions sport in its own image. It is a highly controversial subject. In this ever- changing world, can we really expect sport to be a force for change, either for the better or, sadly, for the worse? Ultimately, should we not regard sport as a means of encouraging progress for the benefit of humanity as a whole? That is the kind 3 to 5 October 2009: 13th Olympic Congress Main theme: The Olympic Movement in Society The sub themes: Theme 1: The Athletes ? Relationship between the athletes, the clubs, federations and the NOCs ? Health protection in training and competition ? The social and professionallife of athletes during and after elite competition Theme 2: The Olympic Games ? How to keep the Games as a premier event? ? The Olympic values ? Universality and developing countries Theme 3: The Structure of the Olympic Movement ? The autonomy of the Olympic Movement ? Good governance and ethics ? The relationships between the Olympic Movement and its stakeholders Theme 4: Olympism and Youth ? Moving towards an active society ? Is competitive sport still appealing? ? Youth sports events Theme 5: The Digital Revolution ? A new management of sports rights ? How to increase the size of the sports audience? ? Communication with stakeholders in the digital age CONGRESS PROGRAMME