Organised across the country’s five major cities, the Tajikistan NOC AC used the grant to create an innovative programme that unified its athletes.
Throughout October 2020, a series of seminars, training sessions and meetings were held in a first programme of its kind for Tajik athletes.
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The Olympic Solidarity Activity Grant presented the Tajikistan NOC AC with an opportunity to organise the first Olympic programme of its kind for active and former Tajik athletes.
The Commission used the funding to conduct expert-led training seminars on a range of athlete-focused topics spread across three days in five of the country’s main cities. These topics included safeguarding from harassment and abuse, sports medicine, sports psychology, anti-doping, life after sport, and many more.
The feedback received from athletes was extremely positive according to Tajikistan AC Chair Mavzuna Chorieva, the boxer who won her country’s first-ever Olympic medal at London 2012.
“Many declared that the programme was filled with hugely necessary information in supporting their careers,” she said. “The knowledge they’ve obtained will be incorporated into their daily practice and future work.”
Reaching more athletes than ever before
With the support of the grant, the Commission’s main goal was to not only deliver an extremely valuable programme that supports the careers of its athletes, but also to introduce regional representatives in the main cities of the country to form a new national network of athletes.
Alongside organising seminars and workshops, and with the aim of reaching as many athletes as possible, the Commission introduced local groups and leaders in the five major cities: Dushanbe, Khujand, Bokhtar, Kulyab and Tursunzade. The objective was to increase representation of the AC and ensure help and support is now more readily available to its athletes on a local and national scale.
Many declared that the programme was filled with hugely necessary information in supporting their careers. The knowledge they’ve obtained will be incorporated into their daily practice and future work.
Creating a new supportive space
The introduction of local groups and regional representatives has resulted in the Commission recruiting a large number of new members to the network, who now play an active role in supporting athletes across the country.
Each new member received specialist information on the work of the AC during the programme and offered suggestions on expanding such events in the coming years to ensure they remain engaged and fully up to date with the Olympic Movement and the goals of the Commission. The focus is firmly fixed on listening to its athletes’ voices to develop a unified strategy and action plan aimed at improving and increasing support for them from 2021-2024.
Mavzuna spoke of the importance of introducing a national network of athletes: “The network promotes the recruitment and achievements of our athletes, and acts as a single, active space that offers help and support during their careers and after life in sport.”
She added: “The creation of this network allows us to keep in touch with the groups that we have created in these cities, and to fulfil the main tasks of the Athletes’ Commission.”
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