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Meet the IOC Young Leaders 2021-2024

The IOC Young Leaders programme, launched in 2016, empowers talents to leverage the power of sport to make a positive difference in their communities.

With the support of seed-funding from the IOC and a network of mentors, these inspiring young people have delivered over 100 initiatives reaching over 30,000 individual participants.

As agents of Olympism they have also spoken at many international events spreading the message of sport for good and 17 IOC YLs are currently IOC Commission Members.  

About IOC Young Leaders Programme

Launched in October 2020, the newly designed programme is seeing 25 young leaders imagine, design and realise their own sustainable sport-based social business. Over the four years, each participant will receive expert guidance on a myriad of topics from human-centred design to impact measurement and user testing, as well as seed-funding and peer-to-peer learning opportunities.

The final 25 candidates were selected from amongst 350 applicants, all with a clear passion for sport. The list of selected 25 Young Leaders is balanced in terms of universality and diversity, with 13 female and 12 male candidates, from 25 countries across 5 continents.

Find our more about Young Leader initiatives.

Young Leaders 2021-2024

Young Leaders 2019-2020

Application process 2023-2026

The new IOC Young Leaders programme application and selection process for the generation 2023-2026 is launching in September 2022 with the key aim to find the next cohort of passionate IOC Young Leaders who will imagine, design and realise their own sustainable sport-based social businesses / projects.

Click to access more information about the programme and its objectives, the 2022 selection process including the timelines and the criteria.

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