FIRST WORLD OLYMPIC SPORT CONVENTION


FIRST WORLD OLYMPIC SPORT CONVENTION

ACAPULCO, MEXICO ľ OCTOBER 23, 2010

The First World Olympic Sport Convention, held in Acapulco, Mexico, with the participation of representatives of National Olympic Committees, Ministers and government sport authorities of the 205 member countries of ANOC states the following:

1. That the First World Olympic Sport Convention has been an excellent forum in which representatives of National Olympic Committees and Governments have expressed, with full freedom and confidence, their ideas, experiences and proposals, reaffirming, above any other interest, their united commitment to sport and youth worldwide.

2. That the practice of sport is a universal human right that should be guaranteed for all, without any kind of discrimination and with a spirit of mutual understanding, fair play, friendship, solidarity and peace.

3. That the National Olympic Committees and Governments need to work together to foster the harmonious development of all individuals through sport, with the objective of achieving a healthy and physically active society.

4. That education is an essential factor in the development of ethical and moral values of citizens. Sporting activities are opportunities for the convergence of social policies in the sectors of education, health, high level sport and sport for all, contributing to holistic and sustainable human development.

5. That the promotion of sport through educational programs, the increasing interest of Governments in sport, the strength and transcendence of the Olympic Games, in conjunction with the respective roles of National Olympic Committees and Governments, establish a new framework of relations at the international and national levels, in which collaboration is essential and a natural result.

6. That Governments and National Olympic Committees should establish communication channels that allow for the development of institutionalized cooperation and means of association that are mutually beneficial and transparent in areas such as: the development and promotion of physical activity and sport, the organization of sport events for children, young people, adults, elderly people, and persons of every age with a disability; the preparation of delegations to the Olympic Games and other events sponsored by the International Olympic Committee, the promotion of women in sport, the protection of the health of athletes and youth, the fight against doping, the protection of the environment and support for athletes who are about to finish their careers in sport.

7. That relations between the Olympic Movement and Governments should be based on a shared vision, cooperation, consultation, coordination and respect for national laws, all in harmony with the principles of the Olympic Charter.

8. That National Olympic Committees and Governments should collaborate to put in place new and innovative ways to complement Olympic Solidarity contributions to National Olympic Committees with government resources that together provide the necessary means to support sport and the dreams of athletes in all countries of the Olympic Movement.

9. That Governments and National Olympic Committees should work together, within a framework of responsible autonomy, with full transparency and respect for the rule of law, providing reciprocal support so that each of them, in their respective fields of competence, may fulfill their responsibilities to sport.

10. That Governments and National Olympic Committees establish alliances to assist, through sport, in the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

11. That to guarantee the necessary follow-up on the themes discussed at the First Convention, a Working Group be established, comprised of representatives of Governments and National Olympic Committees to develop and submit to ANOC a draft of general principles, joint actions and shared responsibilities.