|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.