By: Wallace Williams                                                                               July 1, 2002                        

     Antigua, Guatemala was the recent venue for the first Seminar for Olympic Academies of the Pan American region.  Taking part in this activity, provided me with yet another opportunity to develop background knowledge for the establishment of a Virgin Islands Olympic Academy.  It supplemented  the knowledge gained from my visit to the International Olympic Academy in 1998 where I participated in a seminar on Ethics in Sports, gained first-hand knowledge of the IOA and its resources, particularly the library which houses a strong collection of materials on the Olympic movement.

     A variety of topics related to Olympism were presented by expert lecturers in Antigua including : The Ancient Olympic Games by Mr. Conrado Durantaz; Women In Olympic Games by ; Principles and Olympic Philosophy by Dr. Fernando Beltranena; Fair Play--Ethics and Sport by Mr. Carlos Luna Longo; Purpose of National Olympic Academies and the diffusion of Olympism by Dr. Beltranena; Pierre de Coubetin--The Visionary by Mr. Conrado Durantez; Technology in Sports by Mr. Francisco Bolanos and Ms. Mercedes de Enriquez; The philosophy of Olympism by Dr. Conrado Durantez; International Olympic Academy by Mr. Conrado Durantez; The Olympic Movement by Willi Kattschmitt; Olympic Movement and the Environment by Mr. W.Kattschmitt and Ms. Mercedes Bolanoa; Women in Sport by Ms. Mercedes De Enriquez and Mr. Juan Zanassi; Anti-sports Ethic by Dr. Fernando Beltranena; Human Misery in Sport by Dr. Beltranena and Dr. Alfredo Hermes; Volunteering in Sport by Mr. Carlos Luna Longo; True Leadership--Victory and Failure by Mr. Claudio V. Solis; Sports for All by Mr. Edgar E.Celada. 

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