The International Olympic Committee, through Olympic Solidarity, provide scholarships to assist elite athletes prepare and qualify for each Olympic Games.
It is time to think about Paris 2024 Olympic Games and to talk to your National Olympic Committee (NOC) about nominating badminton athletes for scholarships to prepare for Paris 2024.
NOCs select and nominate athletes for Olympic Solidarity Scholarships, in their preparation and qualification for Paris 2024, with a particular focus on athletes and NOCs with the greatest needs.
The programme offers individual scholarships or a tailor-made programme depending on the athletes’ preparation needs.
Please find below a few relevant information for your consideration
Who Can Benefit?
Only athletes with the following profile may be put forward by their NOC as scholarship candidates:
- Minimum technical level: athletes with the technical level to be able to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Proof of the athlete’s technical sports level must be shown through results obtained at international competitions, recognised by the BWF.
- Access to training funds: athletes to whom a scholarship will make a significant difference to their training, and who do not have access to alternative means of paying for their preparation.
- Ethics: athletes who have not been convicted of a doping offence or sanctioned for actions contrary to the standards of sporting ethics as established by the Olympic Charter, the IOC or the NOC.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The NOC eligibility and conditions for the programme will be defined by their participation numbers in individual sports in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
A.NOCs that had 50 or fewer athletes in individual sports at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
These NOCs will be offered five (5) individual Olympic scholarships. NOCs may propose to modify the number of scholarships, keeping within the maximum monthly available budget.
B.NOCs that had more than 50 athletes in individual sports at the at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
These NOCs will be offered a tailor-made programme that allows for the flexible use of a fixed budget for their athlete preparation for the Olympic Games.
The individual scholarships give NOCs the possibility to obtain financial and technical assistance for a limited number of elite athletes who are training and attempting to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
The scholarship offers selected athletes a fixed monthly grant for their training and qualification costs that may contribute to the following items:
- Access to appropriate training facilities.
- A coach specialised in the relevant sporting discipline.
- Regular medical and scientific assistance and monitoring.
- Accident and illness insurance since medical interventions are not covered by Olympic Solidarity.
- Board and lodging costs.
- Pocket money (amount to be established with the NOC).
- Travel costs for the athlete to participate in competitions, including Olympic qualification events.
Once a scholarship is awarded by Olympic Solidarity, the athlete’s NOC is responsible for agreeing with the athlete on the use of the scholarship and the subsequent management of the funds as well as reporting to Olympic Solidarity.
Olympic Solidarity recognises that a majority of athletes are training in an environment in which they feel comfortable and which offers all the necessary facilities. This environment is normally in their national territory; however, scholarship holders can to train in an international high-level training centre.
The two training centres recognised by the BWF are:
- Badminton Europe Centre of Excellence (CoE) linked
- Badminton Asia Training Centre (open in 2022)
HOW TO APPLY
Contact your National Olympic Committee (NOC) and express your interest on the programme. NOCs with athletes fulfilling the criteria noted above may submit candidatures for Olympic scholarships.
BWF OLYMPIC SOLIDARITY CONTACT
Please contact Tracy Tan, BWF Development Office, if you have any questions on the enclosed – [email protected]