Solidarity: IOC’s core strategy to develop sports globally – Joëlle Simond & Sheila Stephens Desbans

What is the “Olympic Agenda 2020+5?” A legacy of Agenda 2020, the new strategic roadmap for the future [2021-2024] is based on five pillars, with the first pillar being solidarity, “which shows the importance that the IOC [International Olympic Committee] puts on it as part of the Olympic Movement.”

These were the starting words of our TALK with Joëlle Simond (Head of NOC Information Services) and Sheila Stephens Desbans (Head of Sport Development Unit), as they highlighted the essence of solidarity, both as a “value and a practice.”

They continued by highlighting the widespread nature of the Olympic Movement – with a structure consisting of National Olympic Committees (NOCs), International Federations, the IOC, and many more stakeholders. And it is based around the “shared value of solidarity.” This functions through channeled communication, shared knowledge, the “team within the IOC known as Olympic Solidarity (OS).”

The team, led by Sheila, is guided by Rule 5 of the Olympic Charter, where the aim of OS is to provide assistance to NOCs for athlete and sports development. And their role is more important than ever, given the effect of the pandemic. Which is why they have increased support and funds to NOCs, ensuring the circulation of funds from the Olympics.

Further, this support extends beyond athlete development, to capacity building of administrations, tailored to the needs of the different stakeholders. And all of this is guided by key priorities set by the Olympic Agenda 2020 + 5 – including athletes’ education, fostering good governance, and having solid and sustainable administrative structures.

Interested in knowing more? Then watch our SportWorks TALK on Olympic Solidarity, and how they are a key part in furthering the Olympic Movement.

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