Adapting to the new circumstances, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) today approved the decision to expand the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Athlete 365 Education Programme beyond the YOG themselves, which will help inspire the next generation of Olympians participating in youth sports events around the world.
This world-wide Programme aims to support these young elite athletes along their development pathway journey by providing guidance to youth sports event owners and organisers.
It will be offered to Summer International Sports Federations (IFs) and Continental Associations of National Olympic Committees (NOCs) organising Youth Championships or Games, starting in the summer of 2021 until at least the next Summer YOG in 2026.
This tailor-made A365 Educational Programme, inspired by previous YOG programme content, will be composed of the following elements:
- Through the Athlete365 platform, educational content will be provided digitally by the IOC for the event owners to use. This content will be available in six languages, and tailored materials will be implemented progressively, with the Buenos Aires 2018 or Lausanne 2020 content being made available immediately.
- The IOC will also provide operational guidance in the form of a toolkit to help the event owners to implement the activity and maximise its impact and attendance.
- Additionally, the IOC will launch a “train-the-trainers” concept, which will provide training to relevant personnel on how the activity should be delivered and facilitated.
Combined, these elements will allow the event owners and organisers to implement an event-based activity at youth sports events being held across the world.
Changes of nationality
The IOC EB also approved three changes of nationality. It consented to the requests for exemption from the three-year waiting period and confirmed the eligibility of the athletes to represent the countries of the applicant National Olympic Committees (NOCs) at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, subject to qualification:
- Ms Aleksandra Shelton - Fencing - from Poland to the USA
- Ms Madison Corcoran - Canoe - from the USA to Ireland
- Ms Michaela Corcoran - Canoe - from the USA to Ireland
This followed approval by the respective IFs and NOCs.