Romanian Olympic Academy


Country Romania
Name of AcademyRomanian Olympic and Sports Committee (ROSC)
Comitetul Olimpic și Sportiv Roman
Name of PresidentSimona TABARA AMANAR
Contact PersonAlexandra NICA
Foundation date21 March 1991
Year of accession to EOA2018 (founding member)
Social media linksN/A

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As part of the EOA’s project to gather detailed information about its member organisations, we hosted a call with Director of the Olympic Education, School and University Sports Department within the Romanian Olympic and Sport Committee, Alexandra Nica in the end of 2021. She was kind enough to inform us about the development of the Romanian Olympic Academy (AOR), relationship to the NOC of Romania and the variety of Olympic Education projects in progress.

The NOA of Romania has been founded in 1991 and is based within the headquarters of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee (ROSC). The association is a part of the NOC Romania, whose Olympic Education, School and University Sports Department oversees the NOA finances and employs a small number of staff in order to deliver relevant projects. The AOR structure comprises a Board of Directors, and four Commissions, which are responsible for (1) Organisation, (2) Education and Olympic Culture, (3) Scientific Research and (4) Training of Specialists in the Olympic Movement respectively. The Board of Directors gathers eleven representatives from universities and the state department for culture and sport, forming a highly competent body to lead the AOR. The director of the Romanian Olympic Academy is the Olympic champion – Simona Tabără Amânar.

On a regional level, the NOA is represented by local branches who assume responsibility for the organisation of Olympic Month activities and events during the entire year. These branches – 48 in numbers – receive the authority to organise Olympic activities within their local remit.

The AOR generates a part of its funds from the Olympic Solidarity and from the Romanian Olympic and Sport Committee.

The Olympic Month, the 30 days leading up to the Olympic Day on June 23rd, is one of the NOA of Romania’s main project and is a well-established series of events aimed at school aged children. During this month, numerous sports competitions are hosted across Romania alongside other events such as an Olympic themed photography and fine art exhibitions.

Additionally, children aged 6-18 can enter annual competitions such as an art contest entitled, “Olympic Games in Children’s Imagination” and a literature competition  “A Fountain Pen Named Fair Play” which in 2021 challenged young people to write a piece about fair play in sport.

In addition to its focus on Olympic Education in school settings, the NOA of Romania also participates in academic conferences and aims to publish an Olympic guide.

Projects of the Academy

  • International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
  • The National Olympic Day Run
  • The Olympic Month
  • National Programme of Olympic Education through Sport within Olympic Volunteering
  • National Painting Contest – The Olympic Games in Children’s Imagination
  • National Contest of Literature and Sports Journalism – A Fountain Pen named Fair-Play

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