Sports: Business or Lifestyle? The Impact and Trajectory of Modern Athletics

Sport: Business or Lifestyle? The Impact and Trajectory of Modern Athletics

International Conference

Thematic Approach

The international conference organized by GIRES focuses on the exploration of Sports as a global phenomenon and its impact on economy, society, culture and politics.

Sport activities have long been part of our civilization. Ancients Greeks used to say that a healthy mind resided in a healthy body, and throughout history, nations have praised athletes for their achievements because they embodied physical perfection and glory.

The value of athleticism and the ideal of the perfect athlete have played a significant role in contemporary history as well. Athletes have become representatives of their nations, as a nation’s hopes were laid upon their shoulders. Sport is more than a way of life: as the example of the Cold War shows, it can be a powerful tool of propaganda, and ideal as a soft power foreign policy.

Particularly the last decades, sport has become one of the most powerful industries internationally. Not only it is a lucrative field that creates athlete-tycoons but it also generates idols for the younger generations; is that useful or not?

We wish to explore how sport has affected literature, arts and culture; understand its impact on economy and politics; and delve into the psychology, identity and behavior of people as these relate to sport. How has sport shaped our culture? Is there any idealism or it is only a well-prepared product? How sports are affected by the Covid – 19 Crisis?

 Proposed Topics
–    Heritage of Olympic Games and Sports
–    Doping,Anti-doping and Medical Approaches- History and Impact
–    Historic Sports Facilities: Conservation and Conversion
–    Race and Sports
–    Politics in Sport
–    Sport Education
–    Business and Sports
–    Athletics in Literature and Graphic Novels
–    Business and Cultural Aspects
–    Covid-19, Olympic Games and Sport Events

–Special Speakers—
Meeting with the Olympians:
GIRES-Global Institute for Research Education & Scholarship has the honor and pleasure to welcome five Olympians from Greece. 

Ioannis Melissanidis is the 1996 Olympic champion on the floor exercises and he became the youngest Olympic champion in the history of men’s gymnastics and the first one in 100 years for Greece while two vaults are named after him in the Code of Points. Eva Christodoulou and Eirini Aindili  are rhythmic gymnasts who won a bronze medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics. Dimosthenis Tampakos is a gymnast and Olympic gold medalist who won the gold metal in the men’s rings at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens with a score of 9.862. He had also won the silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Maria-Louiza Vrioni 8th at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games with 11 participations in International and European Championships.

We will have the opportunity to discuss with them and ask them about their first-hand experiences, their life as high-class athletes, their difficulties, the life after the end of the sports career, their vision for their sports and their views for the next generations of athletes. We will meet with the Olympians and understand what it needs to become one!

Proposed Formats (Lingua franca: English)
-Individually submitted papers (organized into panels by the GIRES committee)
-Panels (3-4 individual papers)
-Roundtable discussions (led by one of the presenters)
-Workshops and Simulation Activities
-Forms of art connected to the conference topic

Our proposed topics & formats are not restrictive and we invite additional germane ideas
Due to the restrictions of Corona Crisis our event (for the time being) will take place virtually

  • Date of Conference

    GIRES Headquarters (GMT +2)
    3 October 2020

  • Deadline for proposals

    30 September 2020

  • Acceptance notification

    1 October 2020

  • Registration fee

    80 Euros

  • Accreditation

    Official Certificate issued by GIRES