Press Release: Olympic Solidarity/OCA regional forum takes place in Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia: The two-day Olympic Solidarity/Olympic Council of Asia Regional Forum came to a close on Wednesday at the Sokhalay Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap province, Cambodia. The forum was attended by representatives of National Olympic Committees in South East Asia and East Asia and provided details of Olympic Solidarity’s Quadrennial Plan for the new Olympic cycle, 2013-2016.

Olympic Solidarity, the funding arm of the International Olympic Committee which receives its money from Olympic Games TV rights, has a global budget of US$435 million for the next four years through to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The largest proportion is US$124 million, or 37 per cent, for the World Programme for the 200+ National Olympic Committees. The World Programme includes athlete scholarships, coach development, NOC management and the promotion of Olympic values.

The five continents that make up the Olympic rings receive money through the Continental Programme, worth a total of US$122 million, or 33 percent. From this, the Kuwait-based Olympic Council of Asia has been allocated US$29 million for the next four years, available to the 44 IOC-affiliated Asian NOCs through nine programmes.

The manager of the OCA’s Asian Games department, Mr Haider Farman, outlined the initiatives and activities, including a new Social Development Through Olympism category. Other OCA programmes include NOC activities, with each NOC receiving an annual subsidy of US$85,000 towards administration costs, the Asian youth sports camp, subsidies to participate in continental and regional games, Olympasia construction or renovation projects and the Asian Games Fun Run, Fun Learn and Youth Reporter Project.

Addressing the NOC delegates at the end of the two-day forum, Olympic Solidarity’s Olivier Niamkey said: “We believe you have everything you need to start the quadrennial plan. It is the end of the forum but just the beginning of the plan.”

Cambodia’s Minister of Tourism, H.E. Dr Thong Khon, President of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, opened the forum on Tuesday morning in the presence of H.E. Dr Sou Phirin, Governor of Siem Reap province – home to the world-famous Angkor Wat temple complex.

The OS/OCA Regional Forum for NOCs from West, Central and South Asia was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, last week.The President of the Olympic Council of Asia, H.E. Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, was appointed Chairman of the Olympic Solidarity Commission by IOC President Jacques Rogge in May 2012.


OCA-ANOC President visits Central Asia

26 Mar 2013
Kuwait: The President of the Olympic Council of Asia, H.E. Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, conducted a five-country tour of Central Asia in mid-March to assess the development of sport and the Olympic movement in the region. Sheikh Ahmad, who is also President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), visited Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
The OCA and ANOC President believes strongly that Central Asia is a new future sports power, and noted that, even with limited resources, the results of these countries in the Olympic Games and Asian Games are improving rapidly.
Furthermore, the governments in the five countries have increased the level of support for their own National Olympic Committees, which will contribute significantly to the further development and rise of the Olympic sports movement in Central Asia.