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The first action on healthcare matters taken by the Organising Committee for the Barcelona’’92 Olympic Games (COOB’’92) was to elaborate the Olympic healthcare plan (PASO’’92). The criteria on which it was based were those established by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the medical code set out under Rule 48 of the Olympic Charter.

An inter-institutional committee was therefore formed by the public healthcare organisations of the Government of Catalonia, Barcelona City Council, the Government of Spain and the Spanish Olympic Committee. A specific Coordinating Medical Centre was set up for the Olympic Games period, which managed five basic areas: outpatient and inpatient care; accidents, emergencies and transport; medical checkups and public health; and medical laboratories (responsible for anti-doping tests).

The medical services were divided into two: a sports unit for those taking part in the Olympic Games and a non-sports unit for the general public. Three general hospitals were made available for the Olympic Villages, and each hospital had to prepare specifically for the event. In total, there were 2,541 employees allocated to the medical care of athletes, and an additional 1,392 to that of the general public. All members of the medical team were specifically trained in accident and emergency medicine and sports medicine, in accordance with the requirements of a mega event of this type. During the Olympic Games, there was a total of 15,706 medical care interventions.

Selected resources

La Salut pública en els Jocs Olímpics de Barcelona'92 = La salud pública en los Juegos Olímpicos de Barcelona'92

La Salut pública en els Jocs Olímpics de Barcelona’92 = La salud pública en los Juegos Olímpicos de Barcelona’92. Barcelona: Àrea de Salut Pública, Ajuntament de Barcelona, 1994.

Guia d'assistència mèdica = Guía de asistencia médica

COOB’92 (1992) : Guia d’assistència mèdica = Guía de asistencia médica. Barcelona: COOB’92.

Programa nutricional para las Villas Olímpicas de Barcelona'92

COOB’92 (1992) : Programa nutricional para las Villas Olímpicas de Barcelona’92… Barcelona: COOB’92

Pla d'assistència sanitària olímpica (PASO'92) = Plan de asistencia sanitaria olímpica (PASO'92)

COOB’92 (1989) : Pla d’assistència sanitària olímpica (PASO’92) : Juliol 1989 = Plan de asistencia sanitaria olímpica (PASO’92) : Julio 1989. Barcelona: COOB’92

In the repository

In the Municipal Contemporary Archive, you can consult the administrative and management documentation generated on this topic by the Organising Committee Barcelona’92, SA (COOB’92), Holding Olímpic SA (HOLSA), Anella Olímpica de Montjuïc SA (AOMSA) (Olympic ring), Vila Olímpica SA (VOSA) (Olympic village) and the Institut Municipal de Promoció Urbanística SA (IMPUSA) (municipal Institute of urban development).

If you need further information on the collection, read the collection guide.

In the library

In the libraries of the study centres of the Barcelona Olympic Foundation (FBO) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) you can find the selection of listed documents and other bibliographic materials on the subject.

If you are interested in knowing more about our Olympic collection, you can consult the Union Catalogue of Catalan Universities (UAB collection) or contact us by e-mail (FBO collection).

Sports in pictures

If you are interested in images of the Olympic and Paralympic Games of Barcelona’92, the Image Service of the Olympic Foundation of Barcelona will help you identify the images that satisfy your needs.

The Foundation manages the official image archive of the Barcelona’92 Games. You can contact them by email to request more information about the services provided and the collection of images. In this page, we offer a selection of images on the event.