Lausanne, Switzerland, January 10, 2022: A total of 70 National Olympic Committee (NOC) Athletes’ Commissions (ACs) from all continents applied for financial support through the Olympic Solidarity NOC AC Activity Grants in 2021, for an available total amount of USD 700,000.
Each AC was allocated up to USD 10,000 of annual funding to be used for activities focused on supporting athletes. For NOCs which do not already have one, this grant can be used to create their own Athletes’ Commission.
From funding vital workshops on key topics such as anti-doping, mental health and safe sport to organising development projects within local communities, the NOC AC Activity Grants continued to create new opportunities and experiences for athletes around the world.
The IOC highlighted a few of the programmes coming out of the funding. Regarding Asia, the IOC said:
“The Bhutan NOC AC held an Athletes’ Forum to discuss athlete-related opportunities, issues and challenges. One issue identified as a priority was physiotherapy and the enhancement of athlete performance through injury prevention.
“The NOC’s AC also introduced a safe sport initiative. In an effort to empower and safeguard athletes, the AC – with the support of many other stakeholders in the country – helped develop a set of clear protocols for athletes to report harassment and abuse in sport.”