Willibald Gebhardt Institute

International Institute for Research
and Knowledge Transfer in Sport e.V.

The Willibald Gebhardt Institute (WGI) is an International Institute of Research and Knowledge Transfer in the fields of Sport and Sport Sciences. It was established as a non-governmental and non-profit institution at the city of Essen (Germany) on May 5th 1992. According to the constitution of the WGI its purpose is to support human tasks and social targets of physical activities including health-related fitness and ethical-morale principles in sport activities. This purpose is linked with a holistic approach of education for a well-rounded individual, particularly for children and adolescents in their main settings of living and development:  in families, at schools, within sport clubs in the context of recreational and elite sports.

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Who was Willibald Gebhardt?

Karl August Willibald Gebhardt was born on January 17th, 1861 in Berlin and also died there on April 30th, 1921. He was a supporter of modern international Olympic games and founder of the Olympic movement in Germany, even though the modern international Olympic movement is most often only associated with Pierre de Coubertin.

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WGI’s expertise as Olympic Study Center in high demand during Tokyo 2020 Games

August 10, 2021

Prior to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which had been postponed by a year, the major sporting event in Japan was already the focus of several events organized by Willibald Gehbardt Institute, which is officially recognized by the IOC as an Olympic Study Center. On June 29th, the 2nd Olympic Study Day hosted by WGI was organized very successfully as an online seminar, where even contributions from the ...

WGI’s virtual Olympic Study Day 2021 with Tokyo discussants

June 30, 2021

A video from Tokyo, guests from all over Germany: The Olympic Study Day 2021, organized by the Willibald Gebhardt Institute in Münster was a complete success. On June 29th, WGI’s Vice President for ...

EU-Sport Policy study presented to European Parliament

June 25, 2021

In 2020, the work unit of ​​Prof. Mittag (DSHS, lead) and the WGI (Prof. Naul, co lead) as a research consortium won the European Parliament's tender, an expertise on "EU Sport Policy: Assessment and ...

Tokyo 2020 key topic of WGI “Olympic Study Day” 2021

June 11, 2021

After the premiere in 2019, the Willibald Gebhardt Institute’s 2021 Olympic Science Day will be hosted for a second time in Münster, Germany, in June 2021 - after the pandemic-related break last year. ...