Olympic Solidarity Programmes
6The Olympic Solidarity is the body responsible for managing and administering the share of the television rights of the Olympic Games that is allocated to the National Olympic Committees (NOCs).
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) supports the general development of Olympic Sports through its Olympic Solidarity programmes. The direct beneficiaries of these programmes will be the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), particularly those with the greatest needs.
The NOCs will work closely with the National Member Federations (NFM) in the lead up to the 2014 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) and 2016 Olympic Games so that they can develop their own structures to favour the expansion of sport in their country.
Four Areas of Activities
For the NOCs to be able to consolidate their place and role within the Olympic Movement, as well as within their own national structures, Olympic Solidarity is proposing four main areas of activity for its 2013-2016 quadrennial plan:
- World Programmes
- Continental Programmes
- Olympic Games Subsidies
- Complementary Programmes
The world programmes provide the NOCs with access to technical, financial and adminstrative assistance for organising specific activities linked to the development of sport.
For the 2013-2016 quadrennial plan, Olympic Solidarity is offering 17 world programmes. These programmes are fully in-keeping with the previous plan, even though some of them have been slightly modified or even combined. Their main aim is to increase global assistance to the athletes, to optimise the management of NOCs and to simplify administrative procedures, in order to adapt to the NOCs’ requirements and needs. They are split into four separate sections considered essential for the NOCs to accomplish the mission entrusted to them by the Olympic Charter:
Olympic Solidarity’s international office in Lausanne will manage the world programmes, in cooperation with the continental associations concerned, in order to better coordinate every continent’s actions. Olympic Solidarity will also work closely with the International Federations of Olympic sports, the IOC commissions and several other partners to develop these world programmes and make them available to the NOCs.
All the NOCs will have access to the world programmes during the 2013-2016 quadrennial period. However, in line with Olympic Solidarity’s mission, the budget allocations granted in the framework of these programmes will be provided to the NOCs which have the greatest need, as a priority.
The continental programmes provide the NOCs with access to technical, financial and administrative assistance responding to their specific needs and priorities, by continent. These programmes are in addition to those available on a world level, and are managed by the Olympic Solidarity office of each continental association.
In line with the Olympic Solidarity decentralisation policy, the five NOC continental associations below will offer continental programmes specific to each of their constituent NOCs during the 2013-2016 quadrennial plan:
Following the approval of the budget for the 2013-2016 quadrennial plan by the Olympic Solidarity Commission in November 2012, each continental association must decide on the programmes, objectives and budgets of the continental programmes offered to the NOCs during the 2013-2016 plan.
The continents’ quadrennial plans (programmes, objectives, options within programmes and annual and programme budgets) must be presented to and approved by the competent authority within the structure of the continental association concerned, and sent for ratification to the Chairman of the Olympic Solidarity Commission. It will then be communicated to the NOC directly by the respective continental associations.
The strategic management of the continental programmes will be led by the five Olympic Solidarity offices within the continental associations after consultation, and in full coordination, with the international Olympic Solidarity office in Lausanne.
For the 2013-2016 quadrennial period, the Olympic Solidarity Commission wishes to consolidate all the aspects related to the financial, technical and administrative coordination between Olympic Solidarity (international office) and the Olympic Solidarity offices within the continental associations.
Olympic Games Subsidies
The aim of this programme is to help the NOCs cover part of their Olympic Games participation expenses. The financial aid has two different yet complementary objectives: on the one hand, to help to promote the universal spirit of the Olympic Games by guaranteeing the participation of all the NOCs; and on the other, to offer additional support to the NOCs which contribute to the development and success of the Games. This financial aid is provided in three stages: before, during and after the Games.
The subsidies concerning the participation of the NOCs in the London Olympic Games were paid in 2012. However, as the financing of the corresponding budget was covered by the London Olympic Games television rights revenue, which, alongside that for Sochi, constitutes the source of revenue for the 2013-2016 period, this is integrated into the construction of the financial and budgetary plan of this quadrennial plan.
For the 2013-2016 quadrennial plan, Olympic Solidarity wishes to maintain its existing programmes or introduce new ones, which will bring added value to the NOCs and constitute a complement to the world and continental programmes already available. These programmes are:
- Regional forums (already in place)
- Visits to NOCs (already in place)
- Olympic Solidarity special fund (new)
- Olympic Solidarity knowledge centre (new)
- Support towards efficient use of Olympic Solidarity funding for NOCs with greatest need (new)