Rogge's Games : establishing the Youth Olympic Games as a new event in the Olympic Movement / Svein Erik Nordhagen & Jon Helge Lesjø

Helge Lesjø, Jon | Nordhagen, Svein Erik

This paper illuminates why and how the Youth Olympic Games were established. It turns out that the formally unanimous decision to establish the event was taken in a contested terrain. Much attention has been put on the agency of the then president of the IOC, Jacques Rogge, and his role as an institutional leader is discussed in a context where the pressure of tradition is strong.

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