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A broad look at promotion of Olympism
The Olympic Charter establishes the statutes, regulations, rules, bye-laws and guidelines by which the Olympic movement, International Olympic Committee (IOC) and National Olympic Committees (NOCs) are duty bound. Chapter one which deals with the role of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) states that the role of the IOC is to lead the promotion of Olympism in accordance with the Olympic Charter.
In promoting Olympism, the IOC participates in actions to promote peace, acts to protect the rights of the members of the Olympic movement and against any form of discrimination affecting the Olympic movement. In addition, the IOC supports and encourages the promotion of sports ethics and collaborates with public and private organisations and authorities to place sport at the service of humanity.
The mandate extends to the National Olympic Committees (NOCs). The mission and role of the NOC is to develop and protect the Olympic movement in their respective countries in accordance with the Olympic Charter.
Accordingly, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) must propagate the fundamental principles of Olympism in T&T within the framework of sports activity. The TTOC is expected to encourage the development of high performance sport, as well as sport for all.
The TTOC has to help in the training of sports administrators by organising courses and ensure that such courses contribute to the propagation of the Fundamental Principles of Olympism. The TTOC also has a duty and obligation to fight against doping in sport and the use of substances and procedures prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the IOC.
The Olympic Charter at chapter four also mandates the TTOC to work to maintain harmonious and cooperative relations with appropriate governmental bodies. The TTOC is required to contribute effectively to the establishment of programmes for the promotion of sport at all levels given the contribution sport makes to education, health, the economy and social order.
The Olympic Charter remains unambiguous when it states that it is desirable for the National Olympic Committee to enjoy the support of the public authorities in achieving the objectives of the Olympic Charter and the Olympic movement. However, in carrying out its mandate the National Olympic Committee (NOC) shall preserve its autonomy and resist all pressures of any kind including those of a political, religious or economic nature that may prevent the NOC from complying with the Olympic Charter. The Charter in fact, demands that NOCs must never associate themselves with any activity which should be in contradiction with the Olympic Charter. Given that the TTOC was first established as a working committee in 1946 and was recognised by the IOC in 1948, that’s a long and pristine record of unwavering fidelity to the Olympic Charter.
The consequences for infringement of the Olympic Charter are suspension or withdrawal of recognition.
It is also important to note that an NOC can also be suspended or have its recognition withdrawn if the activity of an NOC is hampered by the effect of legal provisions or regulations in force in the country or the making or expression of the will of a national sport organisation belonging to or represented by the NOC is hampered, whether sporting or otherwise.
The TTOC has a duty, obligation and responsibility to stay true, obey, uphold, maintain and act in accordance with the Olympic Charter and to do so without fear or favour, without malice or ill will toward anyone.
There is no record that can be found which can provide documentary evidence that due to pressing circumstances or polemic a sitting TTOC president would have infringed the Olympic Charter or deviated either by word or deed from the sprit of the Charter.
Brian Lewis is the President of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC). The views expressed are not necessarily those of the TTOC. For more information about the Olympic Movement, Olympism and the Olympic Values visit http//: www.ttoc.org
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