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Medallion from the 1908 Olympic GamesThe Olympics: A Guide to Reference Sources

Library of Congress Resources: Directories

Olympic athletes are selected by their country's Olympic Committee, which acts in accordance with international rules governing individual sports and eligibility. These rules are written and administered by international sports federations, some of which allow professional athletes to participate, while others do not. These federations, in turn, have subsidiary organizations in every country which sends athletes in that sport to compete on an international level. The names and addresses of many of these, in addition to names and addresses of IOC members, may be found in Olympic Movement Directory = Repertoire du Mouvement Olympique (LC call number GV721.3.I58b). Both the Encyclopedia of Associations (LC call number AS8.E53) and its International Organizations volume should prove useful in locating groups not found in the Olympic Movement Directory. If a specific entry is not found, a related organization might be able to provide the information needed.

Directories in Print (LC call number Z5771.D55) contains many sports entries. Directories of associations in individual countries may be located by searching the catalogs following this example: ASSOCIATIONS--CANADA--DIRECTORIES.

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