Lausanne, November 11, 2016 (IOC) - The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved at its meeting held on November 10, 2016 in Lausanne, the Olympic Solidarity quadrennial plan for the period 2017-2020.

Olympic Solidarity foresaw the amount of 509.3 million US dollars generated from the sale of broadcast rights of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and Winter Olympic Games Pyeongchang 2018, which will be awarded the National Olympic Committees (NOCs). The amount is 16 percent higher than in the previous quadrennial plan.

"The increase in funds shows that athletes are still in the center of all our activities. Successful Olympic Games in Rio mean a stable financial situation for the Olympic Movement. This allows us to award, over the next four years, more than half a billion dollars to the NOCs", said Pere Miró, Secretary General of the IOC for Relations with the Olympic Movement and director of Olympic Solidarity.

The goal of Olympic Solidarity is to support all the NOCs through various continental programs focused on the development of athletes, education of coaches and administrative staff in sports and promotion of the Olympic values. For the next four-year period, there will be 21 programs, including two new ones - help for the athletes - refugees and athletes’ careers after the completion of an active sports career.

Olympic Solidarity programs were very successful in the past four years. They contributed significantly to the fact that some NOCs ensured performance of their athletes at the Olympics. At the Olympics in Rio, for example, there were 815 athletes, Olympic Solidarity scholarship holders from 171 NOCs. They won a total of 101 medals. Of 20 teams whose preparations were co-financed by the Olympic Solidarity, eight have won a medal in Rio. The costs of National Olympic delegations’ participation at the Winter Olympics Sochi and Rio Olympics are also partially covered. The coaches from 172 NOCs took part in some of the 988 courses enabled by the Olympic Solidarity, while 641 coaches were awarded the individual scholarship. Thanks to the Olympic Solidarity programs, the NOCs organized a total of 429 courses and seminars for administrative employees in sports, and 230 NOCs representatives used the scholarships for acquiring the Ph.D. in sports management. 715 projects dedicated to promoting the principles of Olympism were funded as well. (translated and adapted coc/msč)