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 for all the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), particularly those with the greatest needs, through multi-faceted programmes prioritising athlete development, training of coaches and sports administrators, and promoting the Olympic ideals (Olympic Charter, rule 5).”
Budget and Programmes
The development and assistance budget approved by the Olympic Solidary Commission for the 2017-2020 plan amounts to USD 509,285,000, corresponding to the share of the broadcast rights from the Olympic Games (Rio 2016 and PyeongChang 2018) which belongs to the NOCs. Olympic Solidarity redistributes these funds through programmes offered to all NOCs recognised by the IOC.
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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