The
Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC)
welcomed the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) announcement of an
aid package of up to USD $150 million, from which the International
Federations, National Olympic Committees and IOC-Recognised
Organisations can benefit.

In a statement released over the
weekend, the IOC, as the leader of the Olympic Movement, is playing a
critical role in supporting its stakeholders during the COVID-19
outbreak.

This funding is meant to help its stakeholders,
including the 206 National Olympic Committees, continue their mission to
develop their sports, prepare for the Olympic Games and support their
athletes.

It was previously announced that Olympic Solidarity
(OS) has increased the budget for its athlete programmes by USD $15
million, which covers scholarships for over 1,600 athletes from 185 NOCs
and the IOC Refugee Olympic Team.

Team Fiji has five athletes
who, as IOC Scholarship recipients are still vying for qualification in
their respective Sports. These include Robert Elder (Archery), Tevita
Takayawa (Judo), Eugene Vollmer (Athletics), Matelita Buadromo and Epeli
Rabua (Swimming). The IOC has confirmed that Tokyo 2020 Scholarships
will continue through to the Games in 2021 for those who are still in
contention. In addition the Fiji Women’s Seven’s team is will also
continue to be supported through the IOC Team Support Grant.

Sally
Yee (Table Tennis), a scholarship recipient through a joint IOC and
Japan Olympic Committee initiative is another athlete vying for Tokyo
2020 qualification, who is currently back in Fiji due to the outbreak of
COVID-19. The continuation of Sally’s Scholarship is dependent on
safety measurers relative to the situation in Japan.

The IOC Executive Board (EB) has approved a financial envelope of up to USD 800 Million to address the COVID-19 crisis.

This
number includes the cost for the organisation of the postponed Games of
up to USD 650 million for the IOC, and the aid package of up to USD 150
million for the Olympic Movement, including the International
Federations (IFs), the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and the
IOC-Recognised Organisations, to enable them to continue their sports,
their activities and their support to their athletes.

President
Bach said: “The Olympic Movement is facing an unprecedented challenge.
The IOC has to organise postponed Olympic Games for the first time ever
and has to help its stakeholders come through this global crisis. This
new situation will need all our solidarity, creativity, determination
and flexibility. We shall all need to make sacrifices and compromises.
Extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary measures.”

FASANOC
Chief Executive, Lorraine Mar said that while FASANOC is comforted that
our athletes will continue to be supported in their qualification
journey, it is acutely aware of the challenges currently being
experienced by the athletes in the face of COVID-19.

FASANOC
appreciates Government’s strong response in containing this crisis. We
are looking forward to our athletes being able to resume training, to
borders being re-opened to allow for travel to competitions and
generally getting back on track.

Although Team Fiji currently
consists of the qualified Rugby Men’s and Women’s Sevens teams, we are
confident that more athletes will be able to qualify with the support of
the Government, National Federations and the IOC, she said

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