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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After recent reaccreditation WGI celebrates 10 year anniversary as Olympic Study Centre

January 21, 2021

In 2011, while still at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Willibald Gebhardt Institute was accredited for the first time by the International Olympic Study Center of the IOC in Lausanne as a national Olympic Study Centre. To keep this status, verification measures were repeatedly necessary, which were successfully completed for the first time in 2014 and then in Münster in 2017. In May 2020, ...

WGI Fellow Prof. Dr. Antonin Rychtecky dies in Prague due to Covid 19 infection

December 30, 2020

As the WGI only learned in the last few days, our friend and WGI Fellow from the Czech Republic, Prof. Antonin Rychtecky, has passed away. The WGI had been working with him for 25 years in numerous joint ...

Volume 16 of WGI Book Series soon to be published

December 10, 2020

The final editorial work is being completed for the soon to be published Volume 16 in the WGI Book Series. The editors Deanna Binder, Roland Naul and Ludmila Fialova have comprised an anthology titled ...

WGI contributes to 2020 CEREPS Summit in Budapest

November 30, 2020

The CEREPS Summit 2020 with the topic “Quality Physical Education: What does it mean, and how should it look like?” should have taken place in Budapest at the end of June and beginning of July this ...