Athlete Programmes

Supported by the Olympic Solidarity World Programme, the objective is to provide each NOC with the technical and financial means to ensure they can fulfil their specific needs and priorities during the various development stages of their athletes.

There are five programmes under this section:

  • Olympic Scholarships for Rio 2016
  • Team Support Grants
  • Continental Athlete Support Grants
  • Youth Olympic Games Athlete Support
  • Winter Olympic Games Athlete Support
Olympic Scholarships for Rio 2016

To assist elite athletes selected and proposed by their respective NOCs in their preparation and qualification for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, Rio 2016, with a particular focus on athletes and NOCs with the greatest needs.  The Guidelines may be downloaded here.

Team Support Grants

To offer financial assistance to one national team per National Olympic Committee (NOC) to prepare and participate in regional, continental or world level competitions with a view to attempting to qualify for the Olympic Games.  The Guidelines may be downloaded here.

Continental Athlete Support Grants

This programme is administered by the Lesotho National Olympic Committee and is designed to offer financial and technical assistance to NOCs to prepare their athletes for multi-sport Games, such as Continental Games.

Youth Olympic Games Athlete Support

This programme is administered by the Lesotho National Olympic Committee and is designed to offer NOCs assistance to identify, qualify and prepare young athletes in view of their selection to participate in the Summer and Winter Youth Olympic Games.

Winter Olympic Games Athlete Support

To offer the NOCs a programme that provides Olympic Scholarships to athletes preparing and attempting to qualify for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang 2018.

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Supported by the Olympic Solidarity World Programme, the aim of the three Olympic Solidarity coaches’ programmes is to offer NOCs all the means necessary to improve their coaches’ knowledge so as to enable them to respond to current athlete training requirements.

  • Technical courses for coaches
  • Olympic scholarships for coaches
  • Development of national sports structure
Technical courses for coaches

The main objective of the programme of technical courses is the basic training of active coaches, officially recognised as such, in all the sports on the Olympic programme. The training is led by international experts designated by the IFs.  Guidelines may be downloaded here.

Olympic scholarships for coaches

The individual Olympic scholarship programme offers coaches the opportunity to benefit from ongoing high-level training in a centre or university, and to thus acquire experience and knowledge that they must then use to strengthen their national sports structure. Guidelines may be downloaded here.

Development of national sports structure

This programme allows for the development or strengthening of all the national sports structures through the implementation of a medium or long-term action plan in a specific sport, with the support of an international expert. To achieve this, NOCs must perform an in-depth study of their situation (strengths and weaknesses, etc.) before establishing a coherent and realistic action plan which targets clear development objectives that can be achieved on a long term basis. Priority is given to those NOCs whose basic sports structures and coaching systems are weak, but which show real development potential.  Guidelines may be downloaded here.


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Other Olympic Solidarity Programmes:

NOC Administration Development

To improve the administrative structures of National Olympic Committees (NOCs) by contributing towards their general administrative costs and supporting NOCs’ initiatives to improve specific aspects of their management, with special emphasis on better governance.

National Training Courses for Sports Administrators

To offer to NOCs the possibility of training the sport administrators of their NOC and its constituents by organising courses on a national level.

International Executive Training Courses in Sport Management

To provide sport managers with access to training courses of a higher education level and international significance, and to contribute towards improvement in the management of their Olympic sport organisations.

Promotion of Olympic Values

The educational aspect of Olympism and the Olympic values are the foundation of the unique character of the Olympic Movement. Sport thus represents a powerful tool and has the potential to play a fundamental role within society at large, particularly with respect to the younger generations.

Olympic Solidarity continues to offer NOCs opportunities to bring Olympism and Olympic values to life, in line with International Olympic Committee (IOC) policies and in fields as diverse as the protection of athletes’ health, environmental sustainability, gender equality, widening sports practice and lifelong Olympic education as well as preserving heritage.

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The Olympafrica project was launched in 1988 on the initiative of the
IOC President. It is a programme for the construction of centres to serve
the expansion of Olympism; these offer young people opportunities in
terms not only of sports activities but also of cultural, educational, social
and economic activities, the idea being to contribute as much as possible
to solving in a practical way the multitude of problems facing young people
today. This programme is implemented at low cost in villages or rundown
city districts, with the participation of the target populations.

The Olympafrica Centre at Lepereng, Maseru was officially opened in May 26th 2007 by the 8th President of the International Olympic Committee, Dr. Jacques Rogge.

The Lepereng Olympafrica center is the Center of the Lesotho National Olympic Committee that provides Socio-educational, cultural activities and address Socio-economic issues using sport as a platform.

  • Bridging the Gap,
  • Speaking Sport
  • Building Peace
Composition of Olympafrica Centre

The Lepereng Olympafrica centre is the implementation of a multidimensional complex generally including the following components:

1- A sport component including:

  • Basic Athletic Track;
  • Football Pitches;
  • Multipurpose Plateau (Handball, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis Etc.);
  • Changing-Room Block;

2- A Cultural component including:

  • Youth Foyer;
  • Multipurpose Room (To Host Conferences, Concerts And Various Shows) ;
  • Library With A Reading Room;
  • Workshops for Practical Work.
  • Cyber café

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Olympic Youth Ambassadors Programme (OYAP)