Olympic Solidarity

Updated: 13 Aug, 2018 02:49 pm

Olympic Solidarity is the body responsible for managing and administering the share of the television rights of the Olympic Games that is allocated to the National Olympic Committees (NOCs). It exercises this responsibility in accordance with the specific programmes of technical and financial assistance approved by the Olympic Solidarity Commission. It assists the NOCs and the Continental Associations with their efforts for the development of sport through programmes carefully devised to match their specific needs and priorities.

Olympic Solidarity (founded in 1961) reflects the Olympic ethic of which the basic notions are generosity, understanding and international co-operation, cultural exchanges, the development of sport and its educational aspects and the promotion of a society concerned with human dignity and peace.

“The aim of Olympic Solidarity is to organise assistance for all the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), particularly those with the greatest needs, through multi-faceted programmes prioritising athlete development, training of coaches and sports administrators, and promoting the Olympic ideals (Olympic Charter, rule 5).”

Rule 5, Olympic Charter

Budget and Programmes

The development and assistance budget approved by the Olympic Solidary Commission for the 2017-2020 plan amounts to USD 509,285,000, corresponding to the share of the broadcast rights from the Olympic Games (Rio 2016 and PyeongChang 2018) which belongs to the NOCs. Olympic Solidarity redistributes these funds through programmes offered to all NOCs recognised by the IOC.

World Programmes budget: 210,535,000 USD

Athletes: 87,000,000 USD
Coaches: 33,000,000 USD
NOC managements & Knowledge Sharing:  51,085,000 USD
Promotion of the Olympic Values: 20,000,000 USD
Forums and Special projects: 19,450,000 USD

Continental Programmes budget:  222,050,000 USD


This programme aims at helping the NOCs to participate in the Olympic Games, with two different but complimentary objectives: to promote the universality of teh Olympic games by guaranteeing the participation of every NOCs who play a vital role in the success of the Games.


Divided into four areas - athletes, coaches, NOC management and special projects, the programmes help each NOC to find the right response to its needs and provide assistance adapted to its own level and that of its athletes. These programmes form a whole, each being closely linked and providing an essential complement to the others. For example, an Olympic scholarship enables an athlete to make use of high level sports facilities, with specialised coaches, either in his own country or abroad. The financial assistance that goes with the scholarship also helps the athletes to take part in the Olympic qualifying competitions.