Sergey Shakhray: “Thomas Bach showed interest to the Virtual Museum of the Russian Olympic Sport History”

A meeting of the IOC President Thomas Bach, the ROC President Alexander Zhukov and the IOC Executive Committee member, Vice President of the Education Center of the Russian Academy of Science, MSU Sergey Shakhray was held in Lausanne (Switzerland). The world’s only virtual museum of Olympic winter sports was presented at this meeting.

“Virtual Museum will help us preserve the Russian Olympic Movement’s history, systemize historical materials and popularize this knowledge by providing wide audience with access to these materials. It is an excellent information and education platform,” – Sergey Shakhray said in his interview to the ROC Information Service.

According to him the idea to present the Virtual Museum of the Russian Olympic Sport History came to the Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov. And at the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer (Norway) he made a settlement with Thomas Bach.  In the course of the meeting the parties discussed further development of the computer technologies for the benefit of the IOC and the ROC federations and agreed on cooperation between  the Education Center of the Russian Academy of Science, MSU and the IOC Olympic Museum.

The Education Center of the Russian Academy of Science, MSU was created in 2006. In the last 4 years it has made a lot of research and developments in the field of interactive systems, virtual and augmented reality applications. Virtual Museum of the Russian Olympic Sport History is the fourth major project launched by the Education Center of the Russian Academy of Science, MSU including Virtual Museums of the Badminton World Federation, the Russian Constitution History and the Interactive Re-enactment of the Great Patriotic War Events.

“It should be mentioned that the IOC President showed genuine interest to our developments. Following the meeting Thomas Bach requested Francis Gabet, Director of the IOC Olympic Museum in Lausanne, to visit Moscow to meet with the Russian Academy of Science, MSU staff. The truth is that virtual and augmented reality technologies have wide implications in the real museum. It could liven up and modernize any classical museum as well as attract new young audience,” – Sergey Shakhray said.

The Virtual Museum of the Russian Olympic Sport History is unrivalled for its opportunities and the number of exhibits.

“The virtual reality model of the museum allows us to picture the exhibits in 2D and 3D, structure photo, video and text materials and navigate along 3D rendered rooms of the museum. Just as well as in the real museum you can wander around the museum rooms by yourself or take a guided tour with a virtual guide. The most up-to-date computer software and 3D scanning equipment was used to create this museum. More than 2,100 really existing sport artefacts are displayed here. This is an absolute record among world sports museums. The museum consists of 15 rooms of Olympic Honor. Access to them is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. From the moment of its creation the museum has been virtually attended by more than 70 thousand people. It’s very important that it can be filled with any number of exponents from a variety of sources, ranging from regional sports schools to athletes’ private archives,” – Sergey Shakhray added.

The next step of this project will be to add it with summer sports and new, even more efficient functions.