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    Preserving the universality of the Olympic Games: Olympic Solidarity and NOC Services Annual Report 2021 published

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    Olympic Solidarity and International Federations launch joint programme to support high- performance female coaches

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    Olympic Solidarity helps athletes shine at Beijing 2022

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    Hundreds of athletes reach Beijing 2022 with support from Olympic Solidarity

  • Tokyo 2020 Athletes

    USD 700,000 made available to NOC Athletes’ Commissions around the world in 2021 to strengthen athlete voice and representation

  • The Refugee Olympic Team during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Olympic Solidarity

    NOCs to receive USD 28.5 million subsidy for Tokyo 2020

  •    Tokyo 2020 Triple jump champion Rojas Yulimar Rojas © 2021 Getty Images Tokyo 2020

    Olympic Solidarity inspires record number of NOCs to medal

  • Olympic Refugee Team opening ceremony Tokyo 2020 Tokyo 2020

    The IOC Refugee Olympic Team: a team powered by solidarity

  • IOC News

    Agreement signed between the Olympic Refuge Foundation and France

  • Olympic Solidarity IOC News

    IOC increases Olympic Solidarity fund by 16 per cent overall and by 25 per cent for direct athlete support programmes

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    Olympic Solidarity, a worldwide programme to ensure universality in sport

  • Olympic Solidarity IOC News

    Olympic Solidarity increases its support to National Olympic Committees for their preparation for and participation in Tokyo 2020 by USD 25.3 million

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 (Olympic charter, rule 5).

2021 Olympic Solidarity annual report

The Olympic Solidarity and NOC Services Annual Report 2021 illustrates how solidarity is at the heart of the Olympic Movement and the NOCs’ activities, and how the Olympic Solidarity and NOC Relations team supported these efforts. It is available in PDF here and as an e-zine version here.

Today’s resources

The development and assistance budget approved by the Olympic Solidary Commission for the 2021-2024 plan amounts to USD 590,000,000, corresponding to the share of the broadcast rights from the Olympic Games (Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022) which belongs to the NOCs. Olympic Solidarity redistributes these funds through programmes offered to all NOCs recognised by the IOC.

2021-2024 Budget

  • USD 258,270,000 for the World Programmes, which cover and reinforce all areas of sports development;
  • USD 222,100,000 for the Continental Programmes, which meet some of the specific needs of each continent;
  • USD 70,500,000 for the IOC Subsidies for NOCs’ Participation in Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games, which offer financial support to NOCs for the Games.

For the 2017-2020 plan, Olympic Solidarity supported:.

  • Over 25,000 athletes;
  • Over 13,500 NOC activities, including 3,000 scholarships for athletes, 1,600 training courses for coaches and sports administrators, and 2,000 initiatives to promote the Olympic values;
  • 64 forums, workshops and seminars;
  • 180 MEMOS scholarships;
  • 8,500 coaches through the Development of the National Sports System programme.

2021-2024 Key Priorities

In line with the IOC’s own strategy for 2021-2024, the key priorities of the Olympic Solidarity 2021-2024 Plan are to further develop the NOC opportunity offer and place Olympic Solidarity as the main reference of the Olympic Movement for the development of sport. As a result, the strategic objectives of the Olympic Solidarity 2021-2024 plan are the following:

  • Empower NOCs to keep athletes at the heart of the Olympic Movement
  • Ensure good governance, financial control and compliance
  • Strengthen the Olympic Movement’s solidarity funding model
  • Align with the IOC’s strategy for the post-coronavirus world
  • Enable NOCs to contribute to the promotion of the Olympic Values
  • Provide individualised services to NOCs
  • Measure the real impact of the Olympic Solidarity programmes and funding on the worldwide development of sport

A long history

  1. 1960

    Creation of an NOC
    assistance programme

  2. 1962

    IOAC founded

  3. 1971

    Olympic Solidarity
    Committee set up

  4. 1973

    More assistance for
    NOCs in need

  5. 1979

    Support from
    television rights

  6. 1981

    Olympic Solidarity
    Commission created

  7. 1984

    New structure put
    in place

  8. 1985

    Quadrennial plan

  9. 2001

    Programme structure

  10. 2018

    Current Chair

Role and responsibilities

The Olympic Solidarity Commission is responsible for defining the main course of action and managing the activities of the Olympic Solidarity international office in Lausanne. This office takes care of all operational aspects of the implementation of the programmes and cooperates with five continental offices within the Continental Associations, as well as with the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).


More information

  • Documents
    • Olympic Solidarity Annual Report 2021
      26 Sep 2022 · Pdf · pdf (6.1 Mo)

    • Olympic Solidarity Plan 2021-2024
      09 Apr 2021 · 24 pages · pdf (3.3 Mo)

    • Factsheet Olympic Solidarity 2021
      04 Mar 2022 · 6 pages · Pdf · pdf (100 k)

    • Olympic Solidarity Final Report 2017-2020
      09 Aug 2021 · 73 pages · pdf (16.2 Mo)

    • Olympic Scholarships for Athletes – Tokyo 2020 – Final Report
      17 Jan 2022 · 42 pages · pdf (29.3 Mo)

    • Olympic Scholarships for Athletes – Pyeongchang 2018 – Final Report
      30 Jan 2019 · 24 pages · pdf (9.63 Mo)

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