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[International Olympic Academy] image by Zoltan Horvath, 03 February 2014

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International Olympic Academy is legal entity of private law, supervised by the Greek Ministry of Culture under the patronage of the IOC. "The aim of the International Olympic Academy is to create an international cultural center in Olympia, to preserve and spread the Olympic Spirit, study and implement the educational and social principles of Olympism and consolidate the scientific basis of the Olympic Ideal, in conformity with the principles laid down by the ancient Greeks and the revisers of the contemporary Olympic movement, through Baron Pierre de Coubertin's initiative."
Source: International Olympic Academy website
Zoltan Horvath, 02 February 2014

The Flag

The first flag was white with its golden emblem, which consists of Olympic rings superimposed with a letter A.
Image of flag:
Zoltan Horvath, 02 February 2014

Nice case of imaginary reverse, here: I saw how the Picasaweb version had a narrow white border around the A, which made it look like it was in front of the rings.
But the curious thing is that on their website they use a different logo. Older versions of the website seem to use the emblem in the flag, though. A change in house style, maybe, but if so: Will the flag be subject to that as well?
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 02 February 2014

Thank you very much for your observation. You are absolutely right, thanking to your sharp eyes.
Regarding the difference between current logo and flag, I haven't found any other visual proof of existence of an other flag with newer logo. However, picture was taken on 09 February 2012, so it doesn't seem to be too old.
Zoltan Horvath, 03 February 2014

Second Logo

[International Olympic Academy] image by Zachary Harden, 29 August 2018

The logo has changed and the best date I could pin it down to was in 2012; it was used in a logo for the "52nd INTERNATIONAL SESSION FOR YOUNG PARTICIPANTS 16 30 JUNE 2012" and the logo can be seen at This page shows at page 62 the flag with the new logo. A close-up of the logo flag can be seen at page 6 of

As for the old logo, the first use I saw was from a document at from 1980 publishing of the "INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC ACADEMY NINETEENTH SESSION 6 - 19 JULY 1979 ". The logo itself is only present on the binding and not used in any of the photos displayed. In the 1981 report of the Twentieth Session (1980), the logo is used (page 20). However, I cannot discern if a flag was adopted then or not. Yet, it is safe to say that the logo we display currently on the page was used from 1980-2012. I also cannot discern if a special flag for the IOA was used from 1961 - 1979 but the reports can be seen and downloaded from
Zachary Harden, 29 August 2018