Hungarian Olympic Academy


Country Hungary
Name of AcademyHungarian Olympic Academy (MOA)
Magyar Olimpiai Akadémia
Name of PresidentDr Tamas AJAN
Contact PersonLilla SZIJJ
Foundation date1985
Year of accession to EOA2018 (founding member)
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Projects of the Academy

The Hungarian Olympic Academy is an independent body under the umbrella of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, but it is financially dependent on the Committee. The main pillars of the Hungarian Olympic Academy are the following: Olympic Clubs Olympic Quiz – national and international Seminars, conferences Olympic Schools. Our Board is composed of scholars, journalists, professors, historians, etc… We are proud of the Hungarian Sport Diplomats of the past and the present. Including but not limited to the following personalities: Dr Ferenc Kemény: IOC Co-founder and member (1894-1907). He was in very good relationship with Baron Pierre De Coubertin, and also made efforts to bring the Games to Hungary. Dr Arpad Csanádi, IOC Member (1964-83). There is an Arpad Csanadi Olympic School in Budapest. It has Olympic Education in School Curricula, organises different commemorative events to Arpad Csanadi, also sports events, and takes part in the Olympic Quiz as well. Mr Pál Schmitt, former President of Republic of Hungary, IOC Member (1983-), NOC Member and Honorary President. Dr Tamas Ajan, HOA President, IWF President, IOC member Otto Szymiczek: Dean and Rector of International Olympic Academy. Supported the establishment of the Hungarian Olympic Academy nurtures a very good relationship with the IOA. HOA/HOC has been representing itself on each event of the IOA already from 1966 (Young Participants’ Session). There are already two master degree holders of the IOA Master Program, and also four Postgraduate degree holders. HOA organises study visit to Olympia each year. The Board of HOA works independently, and each Members has its role, which is:

  • Materials (questions, tasks) for mental competitions
  • Exhibitions in cooperation with Olympic & Sport Museum
  • Presentations, research, publications (quarterly & yearly)
  • International relationships
  • Commemorative events
  • Regular events (conferences, meetings for directors of schools and clubs)
  • Funerals of champions
  • Events of Olympic Schools and Clubs

History of the Academy

The 49th paragraph of the Statute of the Hungarian Olympic Committee describes, that the Hungarian Olympic Committee runs the Hungarian Olympic Academy intending to nurture the Olympic Idea and the traditions of the Hungarian sports movement. The preparation of the establishment of the HOA was conducted by Árpád Csanádi, HOC General Secretary and IOC Member of that time around 1982. He died in 1983, thus his predecessor, Pal Schmitt fastened the process so that the Hungarian Olympic Academy was established in 1985. Its inaugural meeting was organized at the Hungarian Sort University, where Juan Antonio Samaranch was also presented. It was the 26th Olympic Academy in the world, and first among socialist countries. Its first President was Pal Schmitt, General Secretary was Laszlo Kutassi. From 1990 Ajan Tamas became its President, and from 1992 Maria Jakabhazy-Mezo became its Secretary, later General Secretary until 2016. After that Laszlo Lehmann was the General Secretary for one and a half years. Until now the General Secretary is Bela Győr, vice presidents are Sandor Szakaly historian and Janos Martinek, two-times Olympic champion in modern pentathlon.

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