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18 Nov 1999
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ATHLETES GO ON-LINE EN ROUTE TO SYDNEY


Lausanne, 18 November 1999 -
Horizon Project Follows Training in Progress.

Olympic fans now have the opportunity to follow five athletes while they prepare for the Games of the XXVII Olympiad through Olympic Solidarity’s Horizon Project launched today on www.horizon.olympic.org.

Horizon will bring the Olympic experience closer to the enthusiasts who follow the Olympic Games. To make the site even more interactive as the Games approach, audio and video features will be added bringing to life the excitement of competition, the grueling routine of workouts, and the dream of winning gold at Sydney.
Through Horizon, five athletes who represent the five continents that participate in the Games and are benefiting from a “Sydney 2000” Olympic scholarship, have created their own on-line diary on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) website. The five athletes who will share their sports life, training results, experiences, and personal anecdotes are: Ariane Soleil Rasaofaniry from Madagascar (Judo), Filiberto Ascuy Aguilera from Cuba (Wrestling), Ewe Hock Ong from Malaysia (Badminton), Olivera Jevtic from Yugoslavia (Athletics), and Anthony Philp from Fidji (Windsurfing).
“Sydney 2000” is an Olympic scholarship program that helps athletes proposed by the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) prepare and obtain their qualification for the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in 2000. To date, Olympic Solidarity has awarded over 460 scholarships to athletes from 110 different countries. Athletes who benifited from these scholarships won 18 medals in the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996. The total budget for this programme is US$ 13 million.

The Olympic Solidarity is the arm of the IOC responsible for redistributing the share of the revenue generated by the sale of broadcast rights of the Olympic Games to the NOCs to help them develop their local sports infrastructure and train athletes, coaches, and administrators.
www.olympic.org is the official website of the IOC.
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