The global sports industry welcomes a new group of highly-qualified administrators who graduated last Saturday, June 25th. Among them is Paul Calle of Ecuador, who received a scholarship from Panam Sports and completed this masters program with flying colors.

The 8th cohort of students have completed the Master of Sport Administration (MSA) course at the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU). In a special graduation ceremony, held on 25 June, diplomas were awarded to 40 graduates from 12 countries (Russia, Albania, Belarus, Belgium, Cyprus, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Morocco, South Korea, Turkmenistan, Uganda). As in the previous years, many of them were supported in their studies by the Vladimir Potanin Foundation through its Olympic Scholarships programme. Some of the students were nominated by RIOU’s partner organisations: the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), Pan American Sports Organisation (Panam Sports), International University Sports Federation (FISU), International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM), International Tennis Federation (ITF), to name a few.

In a video address to graduates of the 8th MSA intake the ANOC Secretary General Gunilla Lindberg said: “At the ANOC we recognize the excellent value of the course which is why we have partnered with RIOU since 2013 to provide our National Olympic Committees with scholarships to study the MSA. We have enjoyed a very positive and fruitful collaboration with RIOU over these eight years and been able to give our ANOC scholarship holders a chance to learn from the international best practice so they can benefit their NOCs and the Olympic Movement in their countries”.

The 2020/2021 intake set a record for the number of students holding honorary sporting titles. Among the graduates of the russian-language MSA pathway are renowned Russian athletes, winners and medallists of the Olympic Games and other major international tournaments.

Master of Sport Administration is RIOU’s flagship educational programme that, for several consecutive years, has been ranked among top 5 European postgraduate sports courses and among 10 best courses in the world by the SportBusiness International magazine.

Since the creation of the MSA programme in 2013 RIOU has educated more than 400 aspiring sports administrators from 70 different countries. In 2021 the IOC has confirmed the status of RIOU as the Olympic studies and research centre operating in Russia. Recently RIOU has partnered with N3XT Sports (Spain) to deliver a digital transformation and innovation in sports module as part of the 2022 MSA programme, to give the MSA participants a sustained competitive advantage.

“Our mission is to educate and prepare the next generation of professionals to enter and lead the sports industry forward in the changing landscape. We at RIOU have always been flexible in reacting to challenges and opportunities and adjusted our MSA accordingly to fit in the latest industry trends and requirements. As the landscape changes continuously, we aim to rapidly upskill and educate the course participants for them to acquire practical and market-ready skills and knowledge and join the global ecosystem of sports innovators. I am confident that the current graduates will be sought-after in the market and will build outstanding careers in one of the most exciting professional fields – the sports industry”, stated RIOU Rector Lev Belousov.

RIOU is currently welcoming applications for the Master of Sport Administration course for the 2021/2022 academic year.

For more information, please contact Adelina Akhmetzyanova ( +7 495 956 24 30).

About the Russian International Olympic University

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. 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 provides training in major areas of sports management preparing students to make a positive and lasting impact on the international sports industry and secure prestigious positions within sporting organisations.