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Mon. 19 December 2011

Olympic Champion meets CIES/FIFA Master 12th Edition in Leicester

One of Great Britain’s most successful athletes has spoken to the CIES/FIFA Master 12th edition class during a special end of module lecture at De Montfort University in Leicester.

Jonathan Edwards CBE, who the CIES is delighted to be able to confirm will be the patron of the 12th edition programme, won the gold medal for Great Britain in the triple jump at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and is a former Commonwealth, European and World Champion. Indeed, his 1995 jump at the World Champions in Gothenburg of 18.29 metres remains the world record today. 

Jonathan was the special guest of the CIES and FIFA Master Scientific Committee on Thursday 15th December (2011) as he addressed the FIFA Master postgraduates.

“I often wonder what I would have done, if I hadn’t made it as a triple jumper,” he said. 

“I guess the idea of working within sport and staying in the world of sport I love so much was really important – and this course would have been ideal to prepare me for that kind of role. 

“It’s an excellent course – and we need excellent sports administrators and managers because it’s a massive industry and we want it to be run effectively.” 

The FIFA Master postgraduates are now a third of the way through their one-year course. Having completed their first module at the International Centre for Sports History and Culture (ICSHC) at De Montfort University, Leicester, they will next begin their second module in Sports Management at SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan in January. They will then move to Neuchâtel in Switzerland for the final Sports Law module and graduation in the summer.

CIES Director and IOC Executive Committee member, Professor Denis Oswald said, “We were delighted when Jonathan agreed to be the patron of our 2011-12 course. I am sure the class very much enjoyed the opportunity to meet Jonathan and learn more about his career in sport. We now look forward to welcoming him to Neuchâtel in July for the graduation ceremony.”

This very special keynote lecture was the perfect way to end the Leicester module.


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