- 20 Jun 2003
- IOC News
Presentation of diplomas to coaches supported by Olympic Solidarity
Today at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, diplomas were awarded to the participants of the Olympic Solidarity International Training Course in Macolin (SISOM). This training course, the result of a partnership between the Swiss Federal Sports School in Macolin, the Swiss Olympic Association and Olympic Solidarity, is part of the framework of Olympic Solidarity's scholarship programmes for coaches.
This three-month course, financed by Olympic Solidarity, began on 28 April 2003 with the participation of 12 French-speaking coaches from 11 African countries and one central American country, representing eight Olympic sports: athletics, basketball, cycling, football, handball, judo, wrestling and volleyball.
Two years of preparation were necessary to set up this project. The programme combines theoretical training and high-level practice. Its objective is to offer national coaches or technical directors the opportunity not only to improve themselves, but also to be in contact with another sports culture and thus to consolidate the projects and visions of the future, and to carry out or continue them upon returning to their respective countries.
For Pere Miró (Olympic Solidarity Director), "this day was a special event for us as this training is the successful outcome of extensive work, carried out jointly by the Federal Sports School, the Swiss Olympic Association and Olympic Solidarity. We thank those in charge of the training as well as all the people who were committed to the success of this programme. We congratulate the participants and hope that they will return to their respective countries with not only new knowledge that they can apply in their professional surroundings, but also an excellent memory of their stay in Switzerland and the friendships and contacts that they were able to establish."