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The Sport and Active Society Commission (formerly the Sport for All Commission) advises the IOC Session, the IOC Executive Board and the IOC President on all the activities of the Olympic Movement that are related to using sport to improve physical activity in the population, giving access to sport as a right for all, and on engaging in sports activities with a special focus on youth.

Olympic Agenda 2020 reflects the fact that sport is more important in society than ever, and increasing activity and engagement in sport in society should be a key goal of governments and non-governmental agencies throughout the world.

The responsibilities of the Sport and Active Society Commission are to:

  • Give input on relevant activities related to the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020 specifically related to promoting an active life style in society, with a focus on youth;
  • Engaging society in sport and work with various parties to build on the sport legacy of the Olympic Games and major events to get the wider community active;
  • Facilitate synergies among various organisations, which work to increase the accessibility of sport as a right for all.

The Sport and Active Society Commission is supported by the Sports Department.




Syed Shahid ALI
Fernando AGUERRE
Abdulhakeem ALSHANOO
Wolfgang BAUMANN
Raffaele CHIULLI
Michiko DOHI
Ricardo FORT
Filomena FORTES
Catherine FREEMAN
Muriel HOFER
Jens V. HOLM
Tayyab IKRAM
Chol-Ho KO
Wilfried LEMKE
Marcelino MACOME
Alexander RATNER
Kereyn SMITH
Shu'an YANG

Honorary Member

Walther TRÖGER

Director in charge

Sports Director


How to apply

  1. First check the Grant Regulations
    1. English Version
    2. Version Française
    3. Versión Española

  2. Download and fill out the Application form
    1. English Version
    2. Version Française
    3. Versión Española

  3. Send the Application form and relevant documents to:
  4. Who is eligible to apply:

    • non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
    • not for profit organisations
    • International and National Federations (including IOC-Recognised International Federations)

    To be considered for a grant, applicants need to demonstrate that their project:

    • has been in place for at least the last two years;
    • uses sport or physical activity as a tool to tackle social issues;
    • has a long-term and sustainable timeline;
    • uses available public space and/or sport facilities and venues to promote participation in physical activity;
    • has developed long-term partnerships; and
    • has a monitoring/evaluation plan in place.

    The applicants will be shortlisted and then be presented to the Sport and Active Society Commission Grants Panel who will select the winners.

    Development grant programme supports organisations that are running effective Sport for All programmes.

    The IOC Sport and Active Society Commission has four development grants worth CHF 20,000 each to award to organisations that are running effective Sport for All programmes in their communities.

    The development grants were created by the Commission to fulfil its mission to encourage people everywhere to participate in regular physical activity and to promote the health and social benefits of sport. It is also in keeping with the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement that was approved in December 2014.


    This year’s grants fall under four themes:

    • Social inclusion of refugees through sports and physical activity

    Sport contributes to people’s health and happiness, breaking down barriers and building trust and community spirit. As the global refugee crisis has become one of today's greatest challenges, integration and welcome policies for refugees take various forms. Sport is increasingly used as a mechanism to strengthen the inclusion and integration of refugees. Adversity can also be a source of inspiration and innovative practices. We are looking for projects that address these issues and can be a source of inspiration to be spread over the Olympic Movement.

    • Promoting gender equality in all level of sports

    Gender equality and female empowerment must be fully embedded across all levels of the sporting environment, athletes, coaches, management, focusing not only on competition, but also the social aspects of sports. Increasing the life conditions of girls and women through physical activities is an objective to be awarded by 2019’s grants.

    • Bringing sport and physical activity to the urban setting

    The world is urbanising at breath-taking speed – by 2050, it is expected that 68% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. This brings opportunities, but also challenges that are the rise of unhealthy lifestyles and non-communicable diseases. Sport and physical activity constitute a powerful solution to increase the well-being of citizens, and it is nowadays crucial to bring them to the doorsteps of urban dwellers: where they live, study, work, commute and relax. The IOC Sport and Active Society Commission will reward an innovative, cross-sectorial project that involves a partnership of multiple stakeholders and targets the city setting as a platform where to engage people in sports and physical activity participation.

    • Engaging youth and/or elderly in physical activities

    The global population aged 60 or above is growing approximately 3% every year leading to all regions of the world except Africa having nearly a quarter of their population aged 60 or over by 2050. Maintaining an active lifestyle is crucial for this increasingly large segment of the population for sustaining health and happiness.

    While keeping the global aging population active is a key priority, equally so is ensuring that physical activity becomes part of a lifestyle for today's youth with inactivity serving as one of the leading risk factors for noncommunicable diseases. According to the World Health Organization, 4 in 5 adolescents are insufficiently physically active. With the growing importance of ensuring physical activity among these two key segments of the population, the Sport and Active Society Commission will reward a programme using innovative ways to encourage physical activity among one or both of these groups.

    Examples of past projects

    Several inspiring programmes were awarded by the Sport and Active Society Commission. Recent development grant recipients include a project by HelpAge International that promotes health ageing through active ageing groups in Tanzania. Another grant winner was a project by Skateistan, that encourages education through skateboarding for Afghan youth. And also a project by Pro Sport Development which is dedicated to using the sport for the holistic development of youth, through direct implementation of sporting programs, training of sports trainers and supporting grassroots sports administration.

    You can find more information about the above-mentioned projects:

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