Andy Miah has been working as an Olympic journalist since Sydney 2000, researching the cultural, political and media components of the Olympic Movement. Previously, he has given social media training to IAAF athletes and led the Sports Media module for the IOC Athletes Learning Gateway. He was also the future media mentor for the IOC Young Reporters Programme in 2014 and has contributed insights on the Olympic movement’s digital future to the IOC Athletes Commission Forum.
His most recent book is titled ‘Sport 2.0’ (MIT Press) which covers all aspects of digital sport, from virtual reality to esports. This book is also available in Japanese. Among his other books are ‘The Olympic Games and Social Media’ (2014, Russian International Olympic University), The Olympics: The Basics (2012, Routledge), and Genetically Modified Athletes (2004, Routledge). He has appeared in many of the world’s most well-known media programmes, often interviewed about future technologies and how they are changing society.
He regularly contributes freelance articles to media outlets and has written for The Guardian, The Times, Wired, and a variety of magazines.
Beatriz Garcia is currently a member of the IOC Culture & Olympic Heritage Commission and was appointed by London 2012 to conduct its Cultural Olympiad Evaluation. Between 2008 and 2014, she was a member of the IOC Research Grant Programme Selection Committee in Lausanne. As an internationally known cultural policy and major events expert, she is a member of the European Capital of Culture Programme Selection Committee, and has also held advisory roles with the World Design Capital, the Commonwealth Games, UK City of Culture Programe and World Expo.
She has worked as an investigative reporter at each Olympic Games since Sydney 2000, writing for media outlets and book publishers. She is the author of ‘The Olympic Games and Cultural Policy’ and ‘The Olympics. The Basics’, both published by Routledge in 2012.