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.
One female and one male coach will be recognised at the maiden edition of the awards, which will be organised annually. Coaches could be nominated by Olympians, International Federations, National Olympic Committees, members of the IOC Athletes’ and Athletes’ Entourage Commissions and IOC Members.
The IOC President shall set up and appoint members of a selection panel comprising the Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Entourage Commission, two members of this very Commission and two members of the IOC Athletes’ Commission.
Reacting to this, the Commission Chair, Sergey Bubka, declared that they were “…..delighted to launch the first IOC Coaches Lifetime Achievement Awards following a recommendation from the IOC Athletes’ Entourage Commission.”
On his part, IOC Sports Director, Kit McConnell, said they: “…appreciate the vital importance and influence of coaches in the holistic development of an athlete. …It is thus an exciting opportunity to acknowledge the role they play, and we look forward to receiving nominations from the Olympic Movement.”