Olympic Solidarity [Edit]

Olympic Solidarity is a program in which the International Olympic Committee (IOC) helps the sporting development of underprivileged nations. Certain IOC fundraising is distributed via Olympic Solidarity to the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) that the IOC recognizes to be in the greatest need. This has taken the form of coaching assistance, technical assistance, and funds to help athletes travel to the Olympic Games and other international sporting events. The goal of Olympic Solidarity is quoted in the Olympic Charter to be “The aim of Olympic Solidarity is to organise assistance to NOCs, in particular those which have the greatest need of it.” Olympic Solidarity began in 1961 as the International Olympic Aid Committee at the suggestion of Jean, Count de Beaumont (FRA). In 1968, this Committee became a Commission of the IOC while retaining the same name. In 1971, Herman van Karnebeek (NED) took the initiative for further developments by setting up an Olympic Solidarity Commission through the Permanent General Assembly of National Olympic Committees (Association des Comités Nationaux Olympiques). In 1972, the two groups merged to become what is now known as Olympic Solidarity. It was originally headquartered in Rome, but in 1979, at the 81st IOC session, Olympic Solidarity was moved to its present headquarters in Lausanne. In 1982, Anselmo López became its first full-time director, a position he held through 1995. He remains the honorary director, with the post of director being held since 1995 by Pere Miró. The chairman of the Olympic Solidarity Commission is IOC Member Ahmad Fahad Al-Sabah (KUW).