THE NOCs' BEST PRACTICES
December 2013 - News - National Olympic Committee of Costa Rica
On December 1st 2013, on the occasion of the 65th Anniversary of the abolition of the army in Costa Rica, the National Olympic Committee of Costa Rica received from the President of the Republic, Ms. Laura Chinchilla the insignia of the “Order of Merit for Peace and Democracy”.
This distinction recognizes the efforts and work of the Olympic Movement in Costa Rica in promoting peaceful coexistence and freedom, respect and democracy through the achievements and results of the national athletes, of the sports leaders and their social projects.
The President of the Republic of Costa Rica said during the ceremony: “There is no more powerful weapon than truth and freedom today as we are celebrating 65 years without an army, which is a chance of greatness for our nation, and today we honor the National Olympic Committee of Costa Rica for their efforts to make great citizens though sport”.
October 2013 - News - Swedish Olympic Committee
A hundred young athletes and their trainers gathered in Stockholm from the 25th to the 27th of October 2013 for a Youth Olympic Camp. The arrangement was a kick off for the Challenger Project run by the Swedish Olympic Committee (SOK), which aims at doubling the number of athletes in the SOK's program for top and talented athletes striving for the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 and beyond.
During three days the young athletes and their trainers got to train together with help and inspiration from best experts in the Country in the fields of physical training, nutrition and mental training. All athletes undertook physical tests and screenings and during the whole weekend several of Sweden's top Olympic Performers were available on the site for inspiration. The Challenger Program is a long term project in line with SOK's vision of competing for 20 Swedish medals at the Olympics 2020 and 2022. In total the Swedish Olympic Committee is investing 3.5 million Euros in the project.
October 2013 - News - Bahrain Olympic Committee
A Level Two National Coaching Program Course concluded recently with 26 coaches taking part. This Program started in 1998 as per an agreement signed between the Bahrain Olympic Committee and the Coaching Association of Canada, where more than 1,600 coaches have graduated from different courses to start coaching various national sports teams.
On his part, Mohammed Saleh Naji, former international athletics player and present coach at Kick Off Academy said that the multiple themes covered represents a great opportunity for the participants to expand their expertise and learn new aspects in training process, such as public and private set up of the players and setting up appropriate training plans for all levels, as well as how to show support for young players.
August 2013 - News - Panamanian Olympic Committee
On Thursday August 29th, 2013 at 10:00am, the Panamanian Olympic Committee inaugurated its new Headquarters.
The facility as it stands right now has 6 offices, 3 desks for the Secretariat and one board meeting room. There are also areas provisioned for gymnastics as well as a medical clinic, 2 more offices and auditorium/classroom which will be conditioned during the four next years.
The new Headquarters are located right next to the Fred Maduro High Performance Tennis Center, the University of Panama Faculty of Physical Education and other sports facilities as for swimming, track and field, gymnastics and equestrian. Also the new Headquarters are close to the Natural Metropolitan Park, a 232 hectares park and the only wildlife refuge located within Panama city boundaries.
To find more information about the Panamanian Olympic Committee: www.copanama.com
August 2013 - News - Olympic Committee of Bahrain
Bahrain Olympic Committee Acting General Secretary Abdulrahman Sadeq Askar visited the Bahrain youth volleyball team training in Isa Town ahead of the Arab Championship, set to take place in Tunisia from August 24 to September 14.
Bahrain is being managed by head coach Saber Abdulwahed and his assistant Ramzi Ahmed, who reduced the squad to 12 players just before traveling to Slovenia. Indeed, the squad is scheduled to leave on August 8 for a week-long camp, during which several friendly matches have been set up.
Askar asserted that the national volleyball teams have always accomplished honorable results in many regional and international competitions. He pressed confidence in each member of the team to put on their best in bid to retain the title, which they won in the previous edition cup held in Cairo, in Egypt, where they won all their matches in straight sets without giving away a single set.
On his part, Al Halwachi said he was satisfied with the training program set up in advance by the federation and the overall discipline of the players during the early stages of preparations, and wished them success in the upcoming event.
July 2013 - News - Olympic Committee of Nigeria
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July 2013 - News - Olympic Committee of Israel
The Olympic Committee of Israel began its medical preparation towards the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016. The Chairman of the Medical Commission has been elected: he is Dr. Amir Ganiel, top cardiovascular surgery expert and former Israeli swimming champion.
The Israeli Olympic Committee sees great importance in taking care of the athlete's health, watching closely after their physical and mental condition. Under the guidance of the Israeli Olympic physician, Dr. Luba Galitskaya, Manager of the Sports Medicine Department at the Wingate Institute who is working in full cooperation with Meir Hospital, the Israeli Olympic athletes are provided with medical cover 24 hours a day all year round.
May 2013: News - Olympic Committee of Togo
The ceremony took place at the Public Primary School in Agoè in the presence of the representative of the Minister for Sports and Leisure and Youth and Sports Inspectors from the coastal region. Several teachers as well as schoolchildren were also attending.
The gift was made at the initiative of the Togo National Olympic Academy (NOA)'s Education to Olympic Values Project (PEVO) in partnership with the Mi Lé Novissi NGO. The aim is to initiate a sports tradition based on education to Olympic values in schools. Each school has been offered 15 volleyball foam balls, two handballs and a set of jerseys.
As pointed out by Kélani Bayor who represented the President of the CNOT, the practice of grassroots sport is also a form of education to and culture of the values of tolerance and fair-play. He underlined that "the children's enthusiasm went straight to my heart. Those who go in for sport are non violent and tolerant people. Our dream is to also have the children raised on such values through education to sport ".
Ms Kassandja Abiba, headmaster of the Agoè-marché Public Primary School thanked the donators for their generosity, because "children would often love to practice sport, but because the equipment they need is lacking, they turn to something else". "The practice of sport also helps improve their intelligence. This donation will further encourage the pupils to work even better. Sport and education are inseparable and I cannot but thank once more the donators ", she added.
According to NOA Director Charles Panou, the ever-growing success of sport in the general public and the many benefits derived from its practice have made it a true social phenomenon that deserves special attention: "sport aims at creating a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good examples and abiding by the fundamental ethical principles that are universal".
He underlined "We have made this donation to the children so that they can develop sports values - tolerance, non violence and forgiveness. Grassroots sport is very important, because after a few years you can spot talents and this is what we hope for. It is therefore essential to promote the practice of sport in schools, while providing the teachers with the necessary background ".
The PEVO project was started in Lomé suburban primary schools in February 2011. Through this project, teachers of 4th and 5th grade classes have been receiving basic training on how to teach volleyball to the children during Sport and Physical Education time while insisting on Olympic values presented in the PEVO manual.
Source: NOC of Togo / Nicolas KOFFIGAN
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March 2013: News - Olympic Committee of Cambodia
The National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) launched its Implementation of the International Olympic Committee's Olympic Values and Education Program in Schools on Friday 1st March 2013 during a ceremony at Zaman University.
Three local schools – Zaman International School, CIA First International School and “Pour un Sourire d'Enfant” (PSE) (For Kids To Smile) – signed memorandums of understanding with the NOCC that will see them serve as pilots for the program, which is expected to help enhance the development of students as young athletes.
“The objective of the program is for us to build an Open School, a school which invites the educational community, parent associations and other citizens to participate with its activities, initiatives and events,” NOCC Secretary General Vath Chamroeun stated in a speech.
“With the Asian Youth Games coming up later this August and the Youth Olympic Games in 2014 – both in Nanjing, China – the NOCC will be looking to identify young athletes under 16 years old to represent the Kingdom at these major events.” NOCC adviser and Program Coordinator Ken Gadaffi then explained the steps to be taken towards its implementation. “The NOCC will work closely with the schools and the highest authorities in Cambodia to accelerate progress towards the following goals: to play a key role to educate youth on the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect; to make an effective and positive contribution to maintain young people's interest in sport and physical activity; and to reinforce the belief that youth represents the future of sport in Cambodia and of the Olympic Movement”, he said.
Following the signing of the memorandums, the NOCC presented sports materials to school officials before proceeding to the RAMA Sports Center for soccer and track and field events. In the U14 boys and girls competition for the inaugural NOCC Culture and Education Soccer Cup, CIA First International School emerged as champions after defeating the boys from Japan 2-1 via a penalty shootout. The teams had finished regulation time level at 1-1. PSE Girls finished third following their 2-0 win over the girls from Ritsumeikan University.
(Source: National Olympic Committee of Cambodia)
February 2013: News - Somali Olympic Committee
Somali NOC Secretary General Duran Farah commented: “This is the first such Peace Run we have organized in more than two decades, the capital currently seems more peaceful in comparison with the previous years, so the Somali Olympic committee intends this run to encourage the increasing peace and stability and to show to the outside world that Somalia has fully returned”. (Source:www.cayaaraha.com)
November 2012: News - Mongolian National Olympic Committee
Dr. Demchgjav Zagdsuren, President of the Mongolian National Olympic Committee and Mr. Shagdarjav Magvan, IOC Honorary Member were at the Presidential Palace in Ulaanbaatar, in November 2012, to present H.E. Tsakhia Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia, with an award for his outstanding contribution to the development of Sport and Olympism in the country.
H.E. Tsakhia Elbegdorj received the 2012 IOC Trophy for his support and initiative in bidding for Continental and Olympic Games in Mongolia and for the creation of a life-time Olympic stipendium for Medalists.
From left to right (in the centre of the picture): Dr. Demchgjav Zagdsuren, NOC President; H.E. Tsakhia Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia; Shagdarjav Magvan, IOC Honorary Member
Sources: Mongolian National Olympic Committee
September 2012: Visit of the Sports Training and Development Section at Manama Club in Juffair
Secretary General of the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC), Sheikh Ahmed Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Executive Director of Sports Affairs, Noaman Al Hassan, and Department Head Nabil Taha, met the participants of the National Coaching
“Sheikh Ahmed urged participants to achieve maximum benefit from the programme and from the valuable lectures, being presented by Canadian international instructor Stephan Bailey, who has a vast experience in this area, and wished everyone success.”
During this meeting, Representatives of the BOC and coaches participating in this training visited “the sports library that was refurbished to cope with the needs of students and researchers in the field of sports.”
BOC Department Head also reaffirmed that “the interests of the Olympic Committee in the academic section is a realistic embodiment for the seriousness of the scientific approach looking for an even brighter stage for sports in Bahrain.”
Sources: Press Release from BOC