Sport for Hope

IOC Sport for Hope Programme.  Port-au-Prince (Haiti), 2016. IOC/Danielle DREIS

Bringing sport to young athletes and local communities

The Sport for Hope Programme is a joint initiative between the IOC, its Olympic Movement stakeholders and local governments. In establishing Sport for Hope Centres in developing countries, the programme aims to provide young people and local communities with positive sports and development opportunities; offer state-of-the-art training facilities to the National Federations and the athletes of the country; and spread the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. In addition, the Sport for Hope centres also serve as platforms for social development and innovative cooperation to contribute to a better and more peaceful world through sport.

Sport for Hope has changed my life. I was able to improve in terms of performance thanks to great training facilities and the Olympic Solidarity scholarship. I have also learned valuable life skills that help me a lot everyday. Sydney Siame Zambian Youth Olympic Gold medalist, Nanjing 2014, Athletics

About the programme

IOC Sport for Hope Programme.  Group photograph of the young boys and girls playing field hockey. Lusaka (Zambia), 2012.
The programme aims to provide young people and local communities with positive sports and development opportunities.
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Centre Sport pour l'espoir - Haiti

Inauguration of the Centre Sport pour l'espoir - Haiti. Demonstration of martial arts. Port-au-Prince (Haiti), 2014.
The Sport for Hope Centre in Port-au-Prince, Haiti was inaugurated in July 2014. Since its opening, the Centre has hosted numerous sports camps for children and young athletes, as well as educational workshops, technical seminars for coaches and dedicated workshops for sports journalists.
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Olympic Youth Development Centre - Zambia

IOC Sport for Hope Programme.  Young boys and girls exercising on the hockey pitch. Lusaka (Zambia), 2012.
The first multi-sport centre of this kind opened in Lusaka, Zambia, in 2010. It welcomes an average of 10,000 youngsters, who practise sport on a regular basis and participate in cultural, educational and social development programmes at the Centre.
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