Olympic Solidarity

What is Olympic Solidarity?

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).

What type of programmes does Olympic solidarity support?

The World Programmes cover the five areas of sports development that are considered essential for NOCs to accomplish the mission that has been entrusted to them by the Olympic Charter.


Olympic Solidarity works closely with the International Federations (IFs) whose sports are on the Olympic programme, the IOC Commissions and several other Olympic Movement partners in order to develop and offer high-quality programmes to all NOCs, particularly those with the greatest needs. For the 2017-2020 plan, the World Programmes are aimed primarily at increasing assistance for athletes and supporting NOCs in efforts to protect clean athletes, reinforcing NOC structure, continuing to support coach and sports administrators education and development, and promoting the Olympic Agenda 2020.

Olympic Scholarships for Athletes “PyeongChang 2018”
Olympic Scholarships for Athletes “Tokyo 2020”
Team Support Grant
Continental Athlete Support Grant
Youth Olympic Games – Athlete Support
Athlete Career Transition
Refugee Athlete Support

Technical Courses for Coaches
Olympic Scholarships for Coaches
Development of National Sports System

NOC Management and Knowledge Sharing
NOC Administration Development
National Training Courses for Sports Administrators
International Executive Training Courses in Sports Management NOC Exchanges
NOC Solidarity Exchange

Promotion of the Olympic Values
Sports Medicine and Protection of Clean Athletes
Sustainability in Sport
Gender Equality and Diversity
Sport for Social Development
Olympic Education, Culture and Legacy

Forums and Special Projects
Forums and Workshops
Special Projects

How much funding is available?

 How the IOC finances a better world through sport

How can I apply for funding?


What are tripartite places for the Olympic Games?

Tripartite places are invitation quotas to specific athletes to compete at the Olympic Games in a specific event, who have not otherwise qualified through the regular qualification system. NOCs eligible to apply are those with an average of eight or fewer athletes in individual sports / disciplines at the previous two editions of the summer Olympic Games (London and Rio).

Canoeing has available two tripartite quota places for Tokyo 2020 across canoe sprint and canoe slalom. NOCs must apply directly to the IOC on the specified form prior to 17 January 2020 to be eligible for allocation of one of these quota places. Athletes from eligible NOCs who have shown great dedication to their training and improvement across multiple competitions will be considered for allocation of a quota place. Successful NOCs will be notified of the allocation of their quota place on 2 June 2020.