Routledge launches a website devoted to the Olympic and Paralympic Games

With the opening of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games less than a year away, Routledge has announced the launch of a website showcasing scholarly research on Olympic and Paralympic Studies. www.routledgeonlinestudies.com

Routledge Online Studies on the Olympic and Paralympic Games (ROSO) launches in beta today, and is a unique learning resource aimed at academics, students, lecturers, researchers, athletes, coaches, journalists, policy-makers and anyone interested in the Games.

Containing over 1,000 published book chapters and articles, blogs, reading lists, case studies and interviews with Olympic and Paralympic experts and athletes including Dame Kelly Holmes, ROSO will release over 40 new journal special issues and several new books devoted to the Games. The site will be regularly updated with new content as it publishes and a selection of material will be made free to access.

ROSO’s managing editor, Dr Vassil Girginov of Brunel University, UK, has assigned a theme to every book chapter and article, allowing the user to search their area of interest. ROSO themes include: the media, education, gender, politics, history, governance, management, law, business, ethics, legacies, the environment, athletic performance, security and disability sport.

Dr Girginov said: “This new interactive research and teaching platform represents a new phase in the global development of Olympic studies and naturally builds on a century-long tradition and the contributions of a myriad of scholars from all over the world. For the first time in history, a leading academic publisher that is Routledge has committed to specifically promote studies in Olympism in a truly multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary way. We invite you to browse, explore, comment, share and contribute to the Platform. Enjoy your Olympic explorations with Routledge Online Studies on the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”