Jointly run by the IOC, the FC Barcelona Foundation (FFCB) and the OlympAfrica Foundation, the programme is based on a methodology developed by the FFCB, and uses football as an educational tool to promote the values of sport, such as team-building, fair play and respect for others, among young people in Africa. It allows close to 85,000 children aged between 12 and 15 to compete in football tournaments where girls and boys play together to win matches, not only by scoring goals, but also by applying these values during the game. This double measure ensures that these young players truly embody the Olympic values and become ambassadors of the sporting movement within their communities.
In the framework of this programme, on 10 and 11 June the National Olympic Committee of Zambia and its OlympAfrica centre in Lusaka hosted a regional tournament which brought together children from the OlympAfrica centres of Malawi, Mauritius, Seychelles, Zimbabwe and, of course, Zambia.
The teams representing the host centre won the gold medal in the two categories of the tournament, namely “benjamins” (12-13 years old) and “minimes” (14-15 years old). The players from Malawi came second in both categories, while team Mauritius went back home with a bronze medal in the “minimes” category, as did the Zimbabweans for the “benjamins” group.
OlympAfrica, which was initiated by the IOC, aims to further social development through sport and promote the creation of small-scale sports and socio-educational centres in African countries, in collaboration with National Olympic Committees and local communities, in order to encourage and assist the development of talented youngsters through local training programmes.
The Association of French-speaking National Olympic Committees (AFCNO) on 22 July 2017 held its annual ordinary General Assembly in Abidjan, on the side lines of the Francophonie Games.
The International Olympic Committee recently launched a “coaches award.” It is an award in recognition of the importance and outstanding achievements of coaches and their contributions to the lives of Olympians and the Olympic Movement.