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Olympic Solidarity Commission








World Prog.



The World Programmes covering the four areas of sports development are considered essential for NOCs to accomplish the mission that has been entrusted to them by the Olympic Charter.

17 World Programmes

For the 2013-2016 quadrennial period, the priority of the 17 World programmes is to increase global assistance to athletes, reinforce NOC structure and global management capacities, continue to support coach education and promote the Olympic Values.

Four areas of action
  • Olympic Scholarships for Athletes “Sochi 2014”
  • Olympic Scholarships for Athletes "Rio 2016"
  • Team Support Grants
  • Continental Athlete Support Grant
  • Youth Olympic Games - Athlete Support

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  • Technical Courses for Coaches
  • Olympic Scholarships for Coaches
  • Development of National Sports Structure

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NOC management
  • NOC Administration Development
  • National Training Courses for Sports Administrators
  • International Executive Training Courses in Sports Management
  • NOC Exchanges

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Promotion of Olympic Values
  • Sports Medicine
  • Environmental Sustainability in Sport
  • Women and Sport
  • Sport for All
  • Olympic Education, Culture and Legacy

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Learn more:

2013-2016 "A Direct Line!" 

2013 Annual Report - A Direct Line!

2009-2012 Final report - Ground of Achievements

All Olympic Solidarity publications
(See under IOC Commissions - Olympic Solidarity)


Olympic Solidarity

Afghanistan's Rohullah (left) won his country's first Olympic Medal at the 2008 Games in Beijing
An Equal Footing - the Olympic Solidarity programme One of the most enduring and endearing qualities of the Olympic Games is the sight of athletes from many of the world’s less developed nations not only competing, but often winning, against those from more well-heeled backgrounds. The romantic notion is that total dedication and sheer talent is responsible for these tales of poverty to podium, but that is usually only half the story. What many outside the Olympic Movement are unaware of is the financial assistance given to such athletes through the Olympic Solidarity programme.
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