WOA President Joel Bouzou signed a MoU with WAoS managing director Chris Solly today ©WOA

The World Olympians Association (WOA) and the World Academy of Sport (WAoS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), agreeing to work together to improve the lives of Olympians.

The two organisations are working together guided by the values of the Olympic Movement, and through their collaboration aim to improve the lives of Olympians and provide them the tools to use the power of sport for the betterment of their communities.

The MoU, valid for four years, was signed today in Lausanne in Switzerland by WOA President Joel Bouzou and WAoS managing director Chris Solly.

In order to improve the lives of Olympians the WOA and WAoS agreed to a number of pledges.

The first of these is to train and certify selected Olympians to become Athlete Friendly Education Centre (AFEC) assessors at no cost to WOA or the selected Olympians. 

WAoS managing director Chris Solly signed the MoU in Lausanne today ©WAoS
WAoS managing director Chris Solly signed the MoU in Lausanne today ©WAoS

WAoS will then contract the selected assessors to examine potential AFEC schools. 

The organisations agreed to provide a range of subsidised scholarship opportunities for Olympians to attend or take part in WAoS programmes.

It was also agreed to study the feasibility of setting up speaking opportunities for Olympians to be run by WAoS at no cost to WOA.

The final pledge between the two organisations was an agreement to work together on other appropriate initiatives such as Olympians health, business and job opportunities or skills acquisitions.

Founded in 1995, the WOA aims to promote Olympic values and fair play, while the WAoS, founded in 2003, aims to create learning opportunities for those involved in sport from junior to elite level.