Due to the rescheduling of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics to July/August 2021, we now have the unique pleasure of both the summer and winter Olympics occurring within a year’s time, with Beijing in February 2022. To highlight the importance of standards in these global sports celebrations, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) 2022 Student Paper Competition asks you to explore the use of – or identify an absence of/need for – standards that support health, safety, performance, efficiency, and/or innovation at the Olympic Games.
It’s a broad topic, and you’re free to choose to focus on standards needs for your favorite summer or winter sport, event, or other specific activity at the Tokyo or Beijing games, or take a wider look at standards addressing any of the unique planning needs, building/venues, travel, accommodations, technology/systems, infrastructure, and/or health and safety requirements that go into hosting a safe and successful Olympics. Whatever aspect of the Olympics you choose, we recommend that you focus on speciﬁc challenges that have been or need to be addressed by voluntary consensus standards – for example, for athletes to compete safely, fairly, and at their highest potential; so that host cities can successfully accommodate the games while maintaining or improving quality of life for their citizens; to enable enhancements in broadcasting, communications, or audience health and safety.
You should reference speciﬁc American National Standards and/or international standards and the organizations responsible for their development whenever possible. Suggested resources:
You can also browse the official Olympic Games website for inspiration on what goes into an Olympic games. But be creative, and choose a topic that both appeals to you and highlights the importance of specific standards in supporting health/safety, innovation, and/or success for Olympic athletes, host cities, and/or audiences worldwide.