World programmes

The athletes are at the heart of the Olympic Movement and represent the final link of the Olympic Solidarity chain. It is thus crucial that the support they receive be adapted to their needs and follows their progress.

Active support at all levels

The Athlete programmes are structured in such a way as to offer the NOCs the opportunity to support their athletes according to their age and level as well as to the type of competitions for which they are preparing. Olympic Solidarity gives the NOCs technical and financial assistance that meets their needs more closely while respecting their athletes’ different stages of development.

Three levels of support


The Olympic Scholarships for Athletes exclusively target elite athletes taking part in international level competitions, and offer NOCs a high level of flexibility: while for some NOCs, the objective is qualification for the Games, for others, it is to win an Olympic medal. All NOCs also have the opportunity to help an elite level team qualify and prepare for the Olympic Games or the Continental Games through the Team Support Grant programme.

Continental and Regional Games represent a great opportunity for many NOCs to witness their athletes and teams winning medals. Participation in these Games is a key factor in reaching the highest level. By investing in these athletes at intermediate level, Olympic Solidarity fills the gap between the youth and elite levels.

The Youth Olympic Games represent an important step in the development process of tomorrow’s champions. The NOCs are involved from the very start thanks to the programmes available, which focus on the identification, qualification and preparation of their young athletes.