Olympic Solidarity is the body responsible for managing and administering the share of the television rights of the Olympic Games that is allocated to the National Olympic Committees (NOCs). It exercises this responsibility in accordance with the specific programmes of technical and financial assistance approved by the Olympic Solidarity Commission. It assists the NOCs and the Continental Associations with their efforts for the development of sport through programmes carefully devised to match their specific needs and priorities.
Olympic Solidarity (founded in 1961) reflects the Olympic ethic of which the basic notions are generosity, understanding and international co-operation, cultural exchanges, the development of sport and its educational aspects and the promotion of a society concerned with human dignity and peace.
“The aim of Olympic Solidarity is to organise assistance to NOCs, in particular those which have the greatest need of it. This assistance takes the form of programmes elaborated jointly by the IOC and the NOCs, with the technical assistance of the IFs, if necessary.”
Budget and Programmes
Under the terms of the Olympic Charter, the aim of Olympic Solidarity is to organise assistance to NOCs, in particular those which need it most. This assistance takes the form of programmes devised jointly by the IOC and the NOCs, with the technical assistance of the International Federations, if necessary. The quadrennial plan in force determines all the programmes. For the 2005-2008 period, the budget allocated is USD 244,000,000 for 21 world programmes covering varied and complementary areas which meet the specific needs of the NOCs.
Subsidies for the Olympic Games outside the framework of the world programmes, the “subsidies for the Olympic Games 2005-2008” are aimed at helping the NOCs to take part in the Games. This financial assistance has two different yet complementary aims: to guarantee the universality of the Olympic Games by ensuring that all the NOCs can take part, and to provide additional support to the NOCs which contribute proportionally to the development and success of the Games.
Divided into four areas - athletes, coaches, NOC management and special projects, the programmes help each NOC to find the right response to its needs and provide assistance adapted to its own level and that of its athletes. These programmes form a whole, each being closely linked and providing an essential complement to the others. For example, an Olympic scholarship enables an athlete to make use of high level sports facilities, with specialised coaches, either in his own country or abroad. The financial assistance that goes with the scholarship also helps the athletes to take part in the Olympic qualifying competitions.
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