Balogog Vanessa 17 October 2019

 

THE RECONVERSION PROGRAM FOR ATHLETES AND REFUGEES

 

The career follow up program by the IOC

 

The career follow up program for athletes created by the IOC crosses the athletic with the organization of seminars which took place during two months in Panama, Costa Rica; Honduras, Nicaragua, in Guatemala and in Pero following their success in Rwanda, Ivory Coast and Cameroon. Destined to the athletes of these countries, these sensitization committees bring them some support and give them practical advice on how they should start managing and planning their after sports as soon as possible. Many athletes focus the most important part of their lives training, sometimes at the detriment of their studies or the search of a job. What then happens when the moment for sports retire comes? What to do next? All the athletes have at one moment or another of their live answer to these questions. It is at this moment that the program Career for Athletes takes all its sense.

Support the athletes, be it for competitions or more, is one of the main objective of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). This mission was even reinforced with the adoption last December the 2020 Olympic Agenda. The Career Program for Athletes of the IOC has as main objective to support athletes who are preparing for their reconversion or are actually going through it. They should have the capacity of being able to conciliate two career and to prepare their future career after sports, the ACP program proposes resources and training to athletes for them to develop life competences maximize the possibilities of study and work opportunities offered to them.  

Along the ACP program

During the 9th International Convention of African Sports at Kigali, Rwanda, close to 30 athletes attended during two days a seminar on the ACP program. Claudia Bokel, member of the executive commission of the IOC, Amadou Dia Ba, president of the Commission of Athletes for the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANCOA) and Kady Tounkara member of this same commission attended this seminar, jointly organized with the NOC of Rwanda. Sensitization workshops were equally organized in Cameroon and Ivory Coast.

The captain of the Cameroon National Taekwondo team, Nyamsik Valery, declared on this occasion: “attending this workshop in Cameroon has enabled me to see things from a different point of view. I thank you for haven shared with us some essential aspects of our lives”.

In line the ACP program, a workshop entitled “life after sports” was also held in Caracas, Venezuela. This workshop whose kickoff was given by the president of the NOC of Venezuela, Eduardo Alvarez, and the world karate champion, Antonio Diaz, was then animated by, Mauricio Rivas, a psychologist and excimer who manages the program for Latin America. Mauricio Rivas thus shared his experience with the athletes present, who equally took part in the pedagogic workshops designed to inform and help them prepare for a professional career after their sports competitions.

Support programs for refugees

The reinstallation is a specific program for the protection of refugees identified by the United Nations Refugees High Commission UNHCR who identifies the needs of refugees and submit them to the government and other non-governmental organizations. As far as the Cameroonian Olympic Movement is concerned, the CNOSC organizes physical and sports activities for refugees, notably the refugees from Central African Republic and from Nigeria. We can acknowledge to this effect the participation of these refugees during the National Games of Cameroon, DIXIADES which took place in 2016 in Ebolowa. All efforts are then put in place for this initiative of making refugees participate in sports activities during the following editions of the National Games of Cameroon.