The World Programmes cover the areas of sports development that are considered essential for NOCs to accomplish the mission that has been entrusted to them by the Olympic Charter (rule 5).
20 world programmes, 3 development areas
Olympic Solidarity works closely with the International Federations (IFs) whose sports are on the Olympic programme, the IOC Commissions and several other Olympic Movement partners in order to develop and offer high-quality programmes to all NOCs, particularly those with the greatest needs. For the 2021-2024 plan, the World Programmes are aimed primarily at empowering NOCs to keep athletes at the heart of the Olympic Movement; enabling NOCs to contribute to the promotion of the Olympic Values; and reinforcing the structure of the NOCs.
- Athletes and sport development
Olympic Games Universality
Olympic Scholarships for Athletes “Tokyo 2020”
Olympic Scholarships for Athletes “Beijing 2022”
Olympic Scholarships for Athletes “Paris 2024”
Olympic Scholarships for Athletes “Milano-Cortina 2026”
Team Support Grant
Technical Courses for Coaches
Olympic Scholarships for Coaches
Athlete Career Transition
NOC Athletes’ Commission Activity Grant
Development of National Sports System
Continental Athlete Support Grant
Youth Athlete Development
Refugee Athlete Support
Olympic Values Programme
- Capacity building and administration
NOC Management and Knowledge Sharing
NOC Administration Development
National Training Courses for Sports Administrators
International Executive Training Courses in Sports Management
Forums for NOCs and their Athletes
The athletes are at the heart of the Olympic Movement and represent the final link of the Olympic Solidarity chain. It is thus crucial that the support they receive be adapted to their needs and follows their progress.
Active support at all levels
All 20 World Programmes of the Olympic Solidarity 2021-2024 Plan have the same priority: benefit to the athletes and support them at every stage of their careers. Of these programmes, five consist in an individual scholarship or team grant that supports a great number of athletes directly in their preparation, thus contributing to the universality of the Olympic Games. Since their inception, these scholarships have made a tremendous difference in the careers of thousands of athletes – discover several testimonials in the “Athletes our priority” section.
The Olympic Scholarships for Athletes are exclusively for elite athletes competing at international level and offer NOCs a great flexibility: some NOCs wish to ensure qualification for the Games, others aim for an Olympic medal. All can also focus on preparing and qualifying an elite team for the Olympic Games through the Team Support Grant Programme.
These scholarships and grants provide elite athlete and teams worldwide financial and technical assistance to ensure that they can enjoy optimum preparation for future Games. Within the Olympic Solidarity 2021-2024 Plan, they are available for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, the XXIV Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, and the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad Paris 2024 and the XXV Olympic Winter Games Milano-Cortina 2026.
These days, the entourage occupies a central role in an athlete’s career and is key to progress. So many factors are essential to have the right entourage: people aware of key areas such as anti-doping and protecting clean athletes, preventing discrimination and harassment, preventing manipulation of competitions. The Entourage world programmes support members of the entourage, including coaches, by providing them with the tools to improve their knowledge at all levels.
These programmes also support other key elements of an athlete’s career, including being heard off the field of play, for example through their NOC’s Athlete Commission, and planning their career transition, thanks to the training programmes and workshops of the IOC’s Athlete365 Career+ Power Up Outreach Programme. Another objective of these programmes is to encourage NOCs to take a rigorous approach when selecting their candidates, as course participants will subsequently be expected to help develop the overall sports structure in the region or country, and to promote the participation of women by encouraging them to nominate female applicants for the various programmes.
From grassroots to elite level, from amateur structures to professional athletes, sport development occupies an important place within the programmes implemented by Olympic Solidarity, in collaboration with the International and National Federations and other key partners. These programmes are divided into four main areas: supporting young athletes on their path to a promising career and to qualifying for the YOG, supporting athletes in successfully moving from the regional or continental level to the world stage, supporting athletes who had to flee their home country by enabling them to compete as a refugee athlete, and supporting sport development in various countries on a large scale by assisting them in expanding their national sport system.
The Youth Olympic Games represent an important step in the development process of tomorrow’s champions. The NOCs are involved from the very start thanks to the programmes available, which focus on the identification, qualification and preparation of their young athletes.
Continental and Regional Games represent a great opportunity for many NOCs to witness their athletes and teams winning medals. Participation in these Games is a key factor in reaching the highest level. By investing in these athletes at intermediate level, Olympic Solidarity fills the gap between the youth and elite levels.
Olympic Solidarity does not forget the athletes who had to face particularly challenging situations in their lives: the refugee athletes. Olympic Solidarity helps them and encourages their sporting development by giving them the opportunity to train for and take part in high-level competitions without being penalised by the situation in their country.
Finally, with a view toward the long term, Olympic Solidarity supports another key aspect of sport development by contributing to strengthening the national sports system of various countries. By offering this type of assistance to NOCs, Olympic Solidarity contributes to a significant and sustainable improvement in sport which will benefit all the people who are active in this field.
The educational aspect of Olympism and the Olympic values are the foundation of the unique character of the Olympic Movement. Sport thus represents a powerful tool and has the potential to play a fundamental role within society at large, particularly with respect to the younger generations.
The main factor behind the success and universality of the Games is the shared belief in a better world through sport in a spirit of respect, friendship, solidarity and fair play. The Olympic Values are at the core of our activities, therefore Olympic Solidarity has implemented a programme entirely dedicated to them, with the five programmes of the 2017-2020 plan being merged into one single programme for 2021-2024, covering the same fields as until now.
The aim of the Olympic values programme is to ensure that NOCs are able to promote them at a national level, that they are integrated in everyday sports activities and celebrated, for example on Olympic Day.
The activities implemented by the NOCs within the scope of this programme should contribute to one of the following global objectives:
- A change at organisational level within the NOCs, the NFs, clubs, etc., creating the necessary structures for a safe, sustainable and inclusive sporting movement; or
- A change at community level, for example by encouraging more people to be physically active and practice sport, giving them access to Olympic and values-based education, or by promoting and preserving Olympic culture and heritage.
Manage, train, exchange: the keys to success
These priorities are achieved through NOC management programmes offering financial assistance and support for projects aimed at strengthening management. The programmes also offer several training opportunities for sports administrators, and facilitate exchanges of information and experiences between NOCs.
Each year, the NOCs are eligible to receive an administrative subsidy to assist them with covering their running costs, and can submit projects aimed at improving various aspects of their management. Educational opportunities are also available to the members and staff of NOCs and their affiliates, such as: Sport Administrators Courses, Advanced Sport Management Courses and scholarships for the Executive Masters in Sports Organisation Management (MEMOS). Moreover, NOC Exchanges enable NOCs to learn from each other in order to find practical and tested solutions to the challenges they all face in their daily operations.
The “Forums for NOCs and their Athletes” and “Special Projects” programmes add targeted services to the range of World Programmes. Various activities are initiated and managed by the Olympic Solidarity office in Lausanne, in cooperation with the continental offices, and offered to the NOCs concerned. These initiatives cover among others the Regional Forums, which promote concepts and ideas to groups of NOCs and facilitate the process of exchanging knowledge and experience among them; topical seminars for all CNO or groups of NOCs which provide specific training according to their needs; and special requests from NOCs as a result of extraordinary or unexpected circumstances according the overall situation of the NOC.