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

21 World Programmes, 5 areas of action

Olympic Solidarity works closely with the International Federations (IFs) whose sports are on the Olympic programme, the IOC Commissions and several other Olympic Movement partners in order to develop and offer high-quality programmes to all NOCs, particularly those with the greatest needs. For the 2017-2020 plan, the World Programmes are aimed primarily at increasing assistance for athletes and supporting NOCs in efforts to protect clean athletes, reinforcing NOC structure, continuing to support coach and sports administrators education and development, and promoting the Olympic Agenda 2020.

Olympic Scholarships for Athletes “PyeongChang 2018”
Olympic Scholarships for Athletes “Tokyo 2020”
Team Support Grant
Continental Athlete Support Grant
Youth Olympic Games – Athlete Support
Athlete Career Transition
Refugee Athlete Support

Technical Courses for Coaches
Olympic Scholarships for Coaches
Development of National Sports System

NOC Management and Knowledge Sharing
NOC Administration Development
National Training Courses for Sports Administrators
International Executive Training Courses in Sports Management NOC Exchanges
NOC Solidarity Exchange

Promotion of the Olympic Values
Sports Medicine and Protection of Clean Athletes
Sustainability in Sport
Gender Equality and Diversity
Sport for Social Development
Olympic Education, Culture and Legacy

Forums and Special Projects
Forums and Workshops
Special Projects

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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 contribute to the universality of the Olympic Games, promote equal training conditions for athletes, including for refugee athletes, and help with their post-athletic career transition. The aim of the seven programmes for athletes is to support them at every stage of their career. Olympic Solidarity gives the NOCs technical and financial assistance that meets their needs more closely while respecting their athletes’ different stages of development.

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.

Two programmes are also covering very different areas. One assists athletes with their career transition and supports them through training programmes or workshops to raise awareness of the IOC’s Athlete Career Programme (ACP). The other helps refugee athletes and encourages their sporting development by giving them the opportunity to train for and take part in high-level competitions without being penalised by the situation in their country.

Coaches occupy a central role in an athlete’s career and, these days, they carry out a variety of functions, from acting as teacher, trainer, mentor to psychologist or agent, for different groups (athletes, teams, children, teenagers or adults) at different levels (from beginner to elite athlete).

A key role in sports development

It is vital that coaches themselves are able to benefit from continuous high-quality training. This is the purpose of the Coaches’ Programmes, which are designed to offer NOCs everything they need to improve their coaches’ knowledge and enable them to respond to the latest athlete training requirements, whether at beginner or international level.

Olympic Solidarity encourages the NOCs and IFs to refer to training standards and use common terminology for coaches’ training, while adapting them to the specificities of the sport and country concerned. It also invites the NOCs to submit female candidatures and reflect on how links can be forged between the three different coaches’ programmes with a view to strengthening coach education throughout the world in a global and long-term manner.


Reinforcing NOC structures and global management capacities is a priority so that the NOCs are able to fulfil their mission in the best possible way and carry out their tasks for the development of sport in their country.

Manage, train, exchange: the keys to success

These priorities are achieved through NOC management programmes offering financial assistance and support for projects aimed at strengthening management. The programmes also offer several training opportunities for sports administrators, and facilitate exchanges of information and experiences between NOCs.

Each year, the NOCs are eligible to receive an administrative subsidy to assist them with covering their running costs, and can submit projects aimed at improving various aspects of their management. Educational opportunities are also available to the members and staff of NOCs and their affiliates, such as: Sport Administrators Courses, Advanced Sport Management Courses and scholarships for the Executive Masters in Sports Organisation Management (MEMOS). Moreover, NOC Exchanges enable NOCs to learn from each other in order to find practical and tested solutions to the challenges they all face in their daily operations.

MEMOS, which impacts on sports organisations?

Given the success of the Executive Masters in Sport Organisations Management (MEMOS) and its impact on the management of sports organisations, particularly NOCs and federations, Olympic Solidarity has prepared a video on the programme on the recommendation of its commission. The video highlights the main features of MEMOS and includes interviews with graduates, who talk about their experiences and the impact the training has had on their professional practice. Several lecturers also share their views on the aims and the strengths of the course.

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The educational aspect of Olympism and the Olympic values are the foundation of the unique character of the Olympic Movement. Sport thus represents a powerful tool and has the potential to play a fundamental role within society at large, particularly with respect to the younger generations.

Sport, a universal channel for social action

The promotion of Olympic values programmes cover fields as diverse as the protection of athletes’ health, environmental sustainability, gender equality, widening sports practice and lifelong Olympic education, as well as preserving heritage, in line with IOC policies on the subject. The NOCs are therefore able to play a key role within their respective communities in spreading this knowledge and can choose whether to focus their efforts on one or more areas, in accordance with their strategy, structure and needs.


The forums and special projects programmes add targeted services to the range of world programmes.

More possibilities for even better efficiency

Various activities are initiated and managed by the Olympic Solidarity office in Lausanne, in cooperation with the continental offices, and offered to the NOCs concerned. These initiatives cover among others the Regional Forums, which promote concepts and ideas to groups of NOCs and facilitate the process of exchanging knowledge and experience among them; topical seminars for all CNO or groups of NOCs which provide specific training according to their needs; and special requests from NOCs as a result of extraordinary or unexpected circumstances according the overall situation of the NOC.

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