2005 - Meetings of the Olympic Movement
Mexico City ľ 29-30 September 2005 - Olympic solidarity offices first coordination meeting
Summary of the most important results of the meeting :
1. The Chairman of the International Olympic Committee's Olympic Solidarity Commission and ANOC President Mr Mario Vázquez Raña warmly welcomed the participants to the Meeting, and underscored the following aspects in particular :
The strategic importance of this First Coordination Meeting between the Olympic Solidarity Offices as it will contribute to the adoption of common procedures and rules that will facilitate the implementation and monitoring of the World and Continental Programmes approved for the 2005ľ2008 quadrennium.
The important decisions adopted by the International Olympic Solidarity Commission in order to increase the financial support to the NOCs and ensure stronger backing for the preparation of their athletes and coaches.
The necessity to continue the funds decentralization process towards the Continental Associations as implemented by Olympic Solidarity over the last 4 years, whose results have been assessed for both the NOCs' and Continental Associations' activities.
Olympic Solidarity's obligation to guarantee that the funds are managed in complete transparency, that efficient control of their use is carried out, and that the request of accounting for the appropriation of allocated financial resources is rigorously complied with, both for the funds coming from Olympic Solidarity in Lausanne and for resources provided by each of the Continental Associations.
The effort made by PASO using its own resources, derived essentially from the PanAmerican Games, to financially support through the annual allocation of an extra US$ 100,000 to the 42 members National Olympic Committees over the next two years, in order to prepare their athletes and coaches with a view to the PanAmerican Games of Rio 2007 and Olympic Games of Beijing 2008. As from 2006, the NOCs of America will be receiving annually a total of US$ 245,000.00 to finance administrative activities and development programmes. He acknowledged the work accomplished towards this end by other continents and urged them to work further in order to secure additional resources, so as to ensure an even stronger backing to the NOCs and their athletes.
He assessed as positive the work carried out by the Olympic Solidarity Office in Lausanne aimed at strengthening their Continental Offices as well as all further actions which would enable to provide a stronger support to the NOCs.
Lastly, he underlined the presence at the Meeting of 5 members of the International Olympic Committee, and expressed his confidence that this Meeting would produce excellent proposals which were to be analyzed by the International Olympic Committee's Olympic Solidarity Commission due to meet in Mexico City on December 8th next.
2. A wide-ranging, in-depth debate took place during the Meeting concerning important aspects in relation to various fields covered by Olympic Solidarity, the most relevant being : Olympic Solidarity's current structure and organization, the joint work between the Continental Offices and the Olympic Solidarity Office in Lausanne, the accounting system, the auditing rules, the basis for an exchange of information, the policy regarding administrative, technical and financial monitoring, publications, and Olympic Solidarity's participation in the most important events of the Olympic Movement.
3. The participants acknowledged the magnificent results obtained through the work of each continent and expressed their thanks to the Olympic Solidarity Commission and its Chairman for the influence of their decisions in the preservation of the NOCs' independence and autonomy as well as in the remarkable growth in Olympic sports results in all areas of the world.
4. Each Office made a presentation of the characteristics of its region, the development programmes it implements, the main problems and difficulties met with, as well as the issues which they consider require further particulars from Olympic Solidarity. The exchange of information resulting from the debate will enable to implement the most successful solutions in each of the continents.
5. It is suggested to study and implement a financial, budgetary and analytical accounting system for common rules and procedures that will allow for the widest possible uniformity in the work of each Continental Association, so as to follow up, exercise due control on the use of funds received and transferred, and deliver accounts presented in agreement with the rules specified.
6. The Meeting underscored the great importance of developing audits of the NOCs, complying with the guidelines produced by the Olympic Solidarity Commission, the indications from the Office in Lausanne, and the auditors' recommendations, which will facilitate and back up the auditing work at each continent's level.
7. Special emphasis was put on the necessity of establishing an on-going flow of strategic, financial and technical information, both between the Continental Associations themselves and between these and the Lausanne Office. In this regard, it is considered important to be able to avoid doubling the same work and achieve higher precision and efficiency in the implementation of the Programmes.
8. Important recommendations were made for the implementation of an efficient policy for the administrative, technical and financial monitoring, so that, on the basis of common principles, the tightest control be exercised in the use of funds allocated to each Programme.
9. An agreement was signed under which the International Olympic Solidarity recognizes the Mexican Olympic Sports Centre as an International Centre for training and preparation of athletes and teams from all parts of the world who will participate in the Olympic Games of Beijing 2008. This decision is based on the excellent technical conditions, the organizing capacity, the experience acquired in the technical work, and the willingness of the Mexican Olympic Committee to support, as it has been doing up to now, the plans and projects developed under the auspices of Olympic Solidarity. The President of the Mexican Olympic Committee, Mr Felipe Muñoz Kapamas and the Director of Olympic Solidarity, Mr Pere Miró signed this historic document in a ceremony chaired by the Chairman of the Olympic Solidarity Commission and ANOC President Mr Mario Vázquez Raña.
10. Each Continental Association and the Olympic Solidarity Office in Lausanne will carry out annually an assessment of the implementation for each of the World Programmes approved for the 2005ľ2008 quadrennium, with the objective of making the adjustments that may be necessary for their constant improvement.
11. Increase the participation of the Olympic Solidarity structures in the most important events of the Olympic Movement. In the particular case of the Olympic Games, it is recommended to organize a Central Olympic Solidarity Office which, in addition to representatives from the Lausanne Office, will also include representatives from the Continental Offices, and through which it will be possible to provide a global, more efficient support to participating NOCs.
24-25 February 2005 ľ PASO Executive Committee meeting in Mexico
At the invitation of their President Mario Vázquez Raña, the Executive Committee of the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO) gathered in the Mexican capital on 24-25 February last.
High on the agenda of this important meeting of the highest authorities of Olympic sport in America were the following key items: assessment of the progress made in the preparations for the XV Pan-American Games "Rio 2007", the Pan-American Olympic Solidarity Programmes for the year 2005 and their continuation over the next 4 years, the new Rules of the Pan-American Games, and the preparation of the forthcoming PASO meetings to be held in August next in Rio de Janeiro.
The Executive Committee ratified its decision to give a decisive new impulse to the Olympic Solidarity Continental Programmes, through which priority attention will be given to those Olympic Committees with a lower level of development in sport, thereby bringing a specific, better targeted answer to the NOCs' needs, while ensuring the continuity of the technical development and training programme successfully implemented by PASO over the past three years.
The President of PASO, who is also the President of ANOC, gave a press conference at the close of the session, where he presented the resolutions and agreements adopted by the Executive Committee.