Sports facilities in developing countries
Under the banner “Sports for Hope”, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is providing young people in developing countries with opportunities to practise sport and be educated on the Olympic values.
Offering less privileged kids sporting opportunities
“With these Olympic Sports for Hope centres, athletes, young people and communities in developing countries will have the same opportunities as their peers in developed countries to practise sport and be educated on the values of Olympism,” says IOC President Jacques Rogge.
Sports centres will cater for indoor and outdoor sports, in accordance with the needs of particular countries. All facilities will include outdoor sports fields and courts, and an indoor hall for indoor sport and the community’s social development activities.
Pilot project in Lusaka, Zambia
The Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka is the first project to come out of the Sports for Hope programme. Built at an overall cost of USD 10.3m, the multisport facility provides sport-for-all activities accessible to the entire population of Lusaka.
The centre develops elite performance for athletes on a local, regional and national levels in close cooperation with international and national federations. It also promotes talent identification, the organisation of competitive sports events, educational activities in the field of Olympism, the organisation of seminars and workshops for coaches and sport administrators, and social development programmes.