Britain and Brazil Sign Olympic Memorandum of Understanding

06 May 2011 / 12:00


The British Olympic Association (BOA) and the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding identifying areas of mutual cooperation between the host National Olympic Committees for the next two Olympic Games.

BOA Chairman Colin Moynihan and COB President Carlos Nuzman signed the Memorandum in the presence of London Mayor Boris Johnson prior to the opening of SportAccord at the O2 Arena in London.

As the respective Host National Olympic Committees for the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, the BOA and the COB are uniquely positioned to enter into a strategic partnership to mutually benefit sports and athletes from both nations.

The National Olympic Committees will share information and best practice in a range of areas, including:

- Sharing understanding of the national sporting landscape in their respective territories and information about facilities, training conditions, venues and other key information about sport performance.

- Support in the preparation and organisation of training camps towards participation at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, as well as other sporting events in the lead up to the Olympics. 

- Assisting each other and in particular certain member National Federations (NF) of sports in preparations for London 2012 and Rio 2016. Work together to facilitate the establishment of strategic partnerships and operational assistance between the countries NFs.

- Sharing best practice and collaborating with each other in relevant performance and administration issues in relation to London 2012 and Rio 2016.

- Supporting the development of the Olympic Movement, the preservation of the peace-promoting mission, and the moral and ethical values of sports.  Communicate and co-operate in the consistent application of the principles of fair play at all levels of sports activities and condemn any kind of racial discrimination.

The agreement formalises the relationship and mutual support between the BOA and the COB, specifically for preparations for London 2012 and Rio 2016. However, if both sides agree and believe it is in their interests to do so, the Memorandum can be extended beyond 2016.

BOA Chairman Colin Moynihan said:
“I am delighted that we have signed a Memorandum to reflect the strong spirit of cooperation and collaboration we enjoy with our counterparts in Brazil. The next six years will undoubtedly be the most exciting and ambitious period in both our organisations’ histories and there will be many opportunities to share advice and best practice for the ultimate benefit of our athletes and sports.

“As the host National Olympic Committee for London 2012, the BOA’s primary focus is to ensure the success of Team GB at London 2012 whilst creating a legacy infrastructure for success in Rio 2016 and beyond.  Today’s agreement will help greatly towards achieving this objective.”