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NOCs present successful projects at Olympic Solidarity forum

22 Mar 2013
Colombo, Sri Lanka: National Olympic Committee representatives from Tajikistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Maldives presented working case studies to delegates on the first day of the two-day Olympic Solidarity/OCA Regional Forum in Sri Lanka on Friday. Tajikistan gained 15 athlete scholarships from Olympic Solidarity in the previous Olympic quadrennial 2009-2012, and 13 of those athletes qualified directly for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Sri Lanka developed a national sports structure for tennis through pioneering coach and national coordinator Chris Pillai that attracted 10,000 new players aged under 10, including many from the formerly war-torn peninsula of Jaffna.

Bhutan NOC, formed in 1983 and with only 15 affiliated national sports federations, has demonstrated forward-thinking management by putting in place a 20-year roadmap with an estimated budget of US$50 million to build a sports culture in the Kingdom.

And Maldives NOC has excelled in the promotion of Olympic values and education in schools, notably through an Olympic quiz that attracted 2,000 children and Olympic Day activities for students from almost 175 of the 215 schools.

These four NOCs all gave brief presentations and shared their experience and knowledge to highlight the four themes on the first day of the Forum: Athletes, Coaches, Management and Olympic Values, which were outlined by experts from Olympic Solidarity in Lausanne, Switzerland.

In the new Olympic Quadrennial Plan for 2013-2016, athletes will have three levels of support, from youth to continental to elite, with five programmes available: scholarships for Rio 2016, Sochi 2014, team support grant, continental athlete support grant and Youth Olympic Games athlete support.

On the coaching side, Olympic Solidarity can accept between eight and 10 courses during the four-year cycle for each NOC, but not more than four per year. In NOC management, NOCs can apply for a US$40,000 administrative subsidy, which is a 33 per cent increase on the previous figure, while Olympic Values programmes fall into five categories: Sports medicine, environmental sustainability in sport, women and sport, Sport for All and Olympic Education, Culture and Legacy.

The Forum for West, Central and South Asian NOCs ends on Saturday before the OS/OCA officials move on to Cambodia for the second leg of the event for NOCs from South East Asia and East Asia at Siem Reap.
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