The Center for Olympic Studies, established by the Academic College at Wingate and the The Olympic Committee of Israel, is one of the 40 academic centers around the world identified by the IOC Olympic Studies Centre as being active in the promotion of Olympic studies.
The idea of creating the IOC Olympic Studies Centre can be traced back to the reviver of the Modern Olympic Games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who wrote: "I have not been able to carry out to the end what I wanted to perfect. I believe that a centre of Olympic studies would aid the preservation and progress of my work more than anything else".
To aid the progress of Coubertin’s work, the aim of the IOC Olympic Studies Centre is to share Olympic knowledge through providing information, giving access to its unique collections, enabling research, and stimulating intellectual exchange.
The idea underlying the establishment of the Olympic Studies Center in Israel is to combine scientific research and teaching at the Academic College at Wingate – a renowned academic center in Israel that engages in research, development and teaching of Physical Education and sport in Israel. The College is working in cooperation with The Olympic Committee of Israel, the roof organization of sport in Israel, which operates under the Olympic Convention of the International Olympic Committee. Members include all the Olympic sport federations and associations, sport centers, Olympic sport teams and public figures. The executive committee works to disseminate Olympic ideals in the country, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Ministry of Education, the local authorities and other voluntary organizations in Israel.