Action on the ground

Sport’s value as an instrument for development and peace is not measured by resolutions, appointments and meetings, but by what happens on the ground. There are many initiatives out there. Here is a sample of some of these projects involving the IOC and the Olympic Movement stakeholders.

Women and Sport

With the adoption of Olympic Agenda 2020 in December 2014, the IOC reaffirmed its commitment to work with IFs, NOCs as well as various regional, national and international platforms, to increase the possibilities for girls and women in sport and to achieve the goal of female athletes representing 50 per cent of the athletes taking part in the Olympic Games.

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Sport for Hope

The Sport for Hope Programme aims to provide young people and local communities with positive social and sports development opportunities, offer state-of-the-art training facilities to the National Federations and the athletes of the country, and spread the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.

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Youth Refugees and Sport

Through a partnership with UNHCR, and following the appointment of IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge as Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General on Youth Refugees and Sport, the IOC is contributing to a number of sport and education programmes for young people in refugee settlements, raising awareness on the conditions of youth refugees and the impact of sport for their well-being and integration into local communities.

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IOC Sports Kits

The IOC has developed a sports kit which contains basic sports and recreational material such as various balls, bibs, caps, shirts and chalk to mark the field. This equipment is sufficient to set up organised sports activities in very diverse settings from schools to camps and settlements.

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Peace through Sport

Through collaborations with a number of United Nation agencies and non-governmental organisations, the IOC uses sport as a tool to build bridges in conflict countries, prevent youth violence or to physical rehabilitate victims of injuries, amputations or illnesses.

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