Students include representatives of NOCs and sports industry organisations
The Russian International Olympic University (RIOU) is welcoming its fifth intake of students from 16
countries, including representatives of NOCs and sports industry organisations, for its internationally
recognised flagship Master of Sport Administration (MSA) course.
The MSA course, which aims to train the next generation of managers with both strategic and operational
skills needed to manage sports organisations, events and venues in any economic environment, will
commence on 25 September in Sochi. It draws on the richness and diversity of the Sochi 2014 Olympic
Games legacy, transformed into an original and innovative educational product. Instruction will be delivered
in two language versions, English and Russian, as well as in the distance-learning format.
The 16 different countries of this year’s intake comprise Belarus, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Finland, Ghana,
India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mexico, Paraguay, Russia, Spain, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uganda.
The majority of the students will be financially supported in their studies by scholarships from the Vladimir
Potanin Foundation. The new cohort has solid sports and management backgrounds covering work within
the Olympic Movement, sports federations, football clubs, non-governmental organisations and the fitness
industry. The scholarship holders include candidates nominated by the Association of National Olympic
Committees (ANOC), International University Sports Federation (FISU), International Tennis Federation
(ITF), and National Olympic Committees of Kazakhstan, Colombia, and Trinidad and Tobago.
FISU President Oleg Matytsin said: "As a RIOU partner, FISU is delighted to see that Olympians will be
joining the RIOU MSA programme in this new academic year. Centres of learning like RIOU ensure that
leading athletes go on to lead in their chosen professions and also in their communities. And as those athletes
pursue their academic careers, FISU will remain proud to provide them with opportunities to compete at the
Students on the Russian language version of the MSA course hail from 16 regions of the Russian Federation.
For the first time, the group includes students supported by scholarships from the Russian Olympians
Foundation. Among them are multiple Russian all-around champion and double European champion in
artistic gymnastics Sergey Khorokhordin; Russian champion in special slalom and international medallist
Anna Sorokina; and multiple Russian and international champion and medallist in athletics Vasily Dergunov.
RIOU Rector Professor Lev Belousov said: "This year’s intake demonstrates the level of international
recognition that RIOU enjoys within the Olympic family and the sports business education sector. Our
reputation for quality has been recently confirmed by SportBusiness International’s Postgraduate Course
Rankings, which placed RIOU’s MSA 2nd among European universities and 10th in the world. And it’s only
natural that our geographic outreach has expanded to eight more countries, making a total of 48. Many thanks
to the Vladimir Potanin Foundation whose support is enabling talented young people from across the world
to receive top quality education."
Professor Belousov also expressed gratitude to the Russian Olympians Foundation, which set up a
scholarship programme this year to support RIOU students: "When RIOU was created, one of the goals we
set ourselves was to help ex-athletes ‘reset’ their careers and continue their involvement with sport in a new
capacity. The Russian Olympians Foundation, dedicated to assisting retired athletes with their transition to
life after sport, is now offering such important opportunities."
RIOU’s MSA students will study modules including Economics of Sports and the Olympics; Governance,
Policy and the Olympic Movement; Research Paradigms in Sports Management; the Business of Sports and
the Olympic Games; and Sports Marketing and Communications. The course will be delivered by
distinguished Russian and international experts and professors from leading universities and centres for
Olympic studies from across the world. Special emphasis will be placed on practical training and internships.
For more information on the Master of Sport Administration course at RIOU, please contact Adelina Akhmetzyanova
(firstname.lastname@example.org +7 495 956 24 30).
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The Autonomous Non-Profit Organisation "Russian International Olympic University" (RIOU) was established on 21
October 2009 under the Memorandum of Understanding between the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Sochi
2014 Organising Committee and the Russian Olympic Committee, and under a decree of the Russian Federation No
774. The founders of the University are the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation, the Russian Olympic Committee
(ROC), and Interros private investment company. RIOU’s activities concentrate on training specialists in sports
management for the Russian and international sports industry, and the Olympic and Paralympic Movements. RIOU’s
courses cover major areas of sports education: management of sporting events and facilities, mass communications,
diplomacy and administration, as well as career management.
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