Creation of Olympic Solidarity

Olympic Solidarity was created in 1962 to assist newly independent countries, particularly in Asia and Africa, in developing their own structures to promote the expansion of sport at national level.

At the time, it was named the International Olympic Aid Committee (IOAC).

In 1971, the IOAC was merged with a similar body created by the Permanent General Assembly of National Olympic Committees (the predecessor of the Association of National Olympic Committees) to become the Committee for Olympic Solidarity. Olympic Solidarity took on its current form in 1981 by decision of the IOC President, Juan Antonio Samaranch, and ANOC President Mario Vázquez Raña. It was tasked with meeting the needs of the NOCs.

In 1979, the decision was taken to allocate 20 per cent of TV rights to the NOCs, and in 1992 the first scholarships for athletes were allocated for the Olympic Games Barcelona 1992.

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The aim of Olympic Solidarity is to provide assistance to all National Olympic Committees (NOCs) for athlete development programmes, in particular those with the greatest needs of it. This assistance is achieved through multi-faceted programmes prioritising athlete development, but also training of coaches and sports administrators, and promoting the Olympic values.
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Olympic Solidarity Factsheet 2021

Evolution of the IOC


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