Lithuanian Olympic Academy Reporting and Electoral Congress
The Lithuanian Olympic Academy (LOA) comprises 122 members. The LOA reporting and electoral congress took place virtually and was attended by 57 delegates out of 109, who are eligible to vote. The congress held elections for the organization’s president and council as their terms had come to an end. The President of LOA, associate prof. dr. Artūras Poviliūnas, who has been the Head of the Academy for eight years, gave up his presidency to the Head of the Department of Sport, Recreation and Tourism at Klaipeda University, Professor dr. Asta Šarkauskienė. A. Poviliūnas, who has been participating in the Olympic activities for almost 33 years, was awarded the title of Honorary President of the LOA. A. Šarkauskienė congratulated all the members of the new council and invited them to work together to spread the ideas of Olympism at the national and international levels.
"Challenges are not to be feared. There are ideas to develop some areas and strengthen them. I work in the field of Olympic education myself, I am well acquainted with it. I do research in direct work at Klaipeda University; my dissertation was partly related to the field of education. In cooperation with the Lithuanian National Olympic Committee, we will try to strengthen the LOA's position in this area. We will try to collaborate with the Lithuanian National Olympic Committee. Currently, they have undertaken big projects and are implementing them remarkably. We could contribute to this work with our academic knowledge, preparing some methodological literature, methodological tools. I would like to know more about the situation regarding Lithuanian sports museums. Perhaps modern digitization tools and other changes should be applied in the main museum in Kaunas in order to make the museum more accessible to the public. The unfinished preparation of the Lithuanian sports encyclopedia is of great concern - we will clarify the main obstacles to its completion. We will try to embody the best practices from the European Olympic academies, with whose members we communicate, and come up with various ideas. It will be necessary to put everything together, discuss our plans with the members of the LOA council and get to work on their implementation,” said A. Šarkauskienė about the organization’s plans.