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About Us

The foundation

About us

About us

The Giulio Onesti Foundation - Italian National Olympic Academy is a not-for-profit organization for the promotion of the culture of sport and Olympic values.

The Foundation was established in 1983 in Rome and is named after Giulio Onesti, former President of the Italian National Olympic Committee (1946-1978) and member of the International Olympic Committee, a key figure in sports history, both nationally and internationally. The aim of the Foundation is to remember and pass on to the new generations his tireless work, which changed the world of sport.

Since 2005 the Foundation has been conducting its activities in cooperation and with the support of the Italian National Olympic Academy, established in 1997 as part of the IOA – International Olympic Academy, with the aim of spreading among the younger generations the original principles and values of Olympism, in their history and especially in their great relevance.


The Foundation carries out activities for the promotion of sport, with deep attention to sporting ethics and addressing primarily young generations, with the aim of teaching them the principles and ideals of Olympism.

The Foundation wants to enhance sport and its central importance in the formation of the new generations, inspiring in young people, the society of tomorrow, the founding values of sporting culture: respect for the rules, fair competition, integration and all those values that re-emerge in everyday reality, even beyond sports practice.

The Foundation also promotes and curates the publication of scientific and historical studies on sport’s social, cultural, political, and economic impact on contemporary society and promotes and finances studies for the design and construction of sports facilities.


Over the years, the Foundation has promoted the organization of numerous conferences, in collaboration with the Italian National Olympic Committee and the national sports federations, edited publications dedicated to the sport, as well as supporting various projects including:

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the set-up and management of Casa Italia, a space dedicated to Italy, its athletes and excellence, for five Olympic Games (Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Nagano 1998, and Sydney 2000);
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the organization of celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the 1960 Olympics in Rome;

the reconstruction of the sports hall in Amatrice, central Italy, damaged by the 2016 earthquake;


a national competition for Italian high school students;

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an international contest for young photographers. Run for Art 

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Every year the Foundation awards the Giulio Onesti Prize to a personality, an organization or an athlete who has contributed to the spread of the Olympic Movement, both in his own country and worldwide.

The Presidents

President in charge from 2009 and president from 1993 to 1997Franco Carraro
from 1983 to 1993Juan Antonio Samaranch
from 1997 to 2003Federico Sordillo
from 2003 to 2009Bartolo Consolo


Villa Giulio Onesti
Pallacanestro Street, 19
00135 - Rome

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