The Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) with continued Olympic Solidarity (OS) support hopes to ensure good governance, financial control and compliance by strengthening its capacity-building programmes for National Federations.
“All members of the Olympic Movement should adopt, as their minimum standard, the Basic Universal Principles of Good Governance of the Olympic Movement, as proposed by the IOC” (Extract of the Olympic and Sport Movement Congress Recommendation 41), as delivered during the Seminar on Autonomy of Olympic and Sport Movement, 11- 12 February 2008.
Good governance is part of the Fundamental Principles of Olympism. It serves to obtain the respect and confidence of all partners.
The IOC has done a lot to strengthen its principles of good governance, promoting integrity across different levels of the Olympic and sports movement. Since the adoption of Olympic Agenda 2020, which contains several recommendations on ethics and compliance, transparency and good governance, efforts in this important area have further increased. In fact, all the recommendations in this field outlined in the IOC’s strategic roadmap were implemented in 2015.
FASANOC CEO, Lorraine Mar said this principles of good governance was done through various Olympic Solidarity programmes that ensured training for Executives of National Federations to have proper structures in place for good governance.
FASANOC endorses and carries out Oceania Sports Education Programmes (OSEP) in the areas of administration, Management In Sports Organisation (MISO), and Team Managers Training that focus on good governance and accountability.
"Our Mission covers this which is "To develop, protect and promote sports participation and excellence for all the people of Fiji."
The IOC and FASANOC strive to have athletes at the heart of all activities, said Lorraine.
"We encourage National Federations to get athletes and sports administrators to take advantage of the many OS programs that will soon be available," she said.
Ms Mar said enabling athletes to Olympic scholarships will assist with international training, coaching exposure and opportunities thus lifting levels at competition to ensure they qualify on merit for the upcoming Games.
"There are also coaching scholarships at internationally acclaimed institutions that include the International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Program (ICECP) which is one of the most recognized and respected coach education programs in the world," she said.
Those that have benefitted from the ICECP programme include Gabriel Qoro, Maciu Koroitamana, Makelesi Bulikiobo, Laisiasa Puamau, Saula Koroi, Paula Peniasi Taqua, Della Shaw, Henry Elder, Varaniesese Maraiwai and Kenneth Lidise.
"There is also the Executive Masters in Sport Organisations Management (MEMOS) whose mission is to help professionals working in national or international sports bodies to develop the knowledge required in order to better manage their organizations," she said.
Ms Mar, Sainimili Talatoka, Carl Ngamoki-Cameron and Makelesi Bulikiobo are the only ones from Fiji to have completed the MEMOS programme.
Ms Mar is also encouraging National Federations to contribute to the promotion of the Olympic values which includes Friendship, Excellence and Respect.
"Our Voices of the Athletes (VOA) programme uses national sporting champions to advocate on the Olympic Values at all their sessions with communities with emphasis on clean and safe sport," she said.
"We encourage national athletes to be a part of the programme and to learn more about what it means to be a VOA champion."
FASANOC would also like to encourage the vaccination of all athletes and officials as we understand will be a must for the opening and access of sports facilities in Fiji as laid out by the Minister for Sports last week.
We have some exciting Games coming up and would like to get sports started as soon as possible to be able to put our best foot forward.