IOA conducts first ever IOC Athlete Career Programme workshop

The workshop aimed at providing young elite athletes with the resources and training required to overcome the challenges of handling dual career and transition when their sporting career is nearing an end.

The IOC workshop helped young athletes in understanding how their skills can be transferred to increase excellence in an academic or workplace environment, while providing opportunities to develop new skills.   -  Reuters

As many as 32 athletes aged between 16 and 22 years attended the first edition of the International Olympic Committee’s Athlete Career Programme workshop organised by the Indian Olympic Association in New Delhi on Sunday.

The workshop, organised for the first time in India, was held with support from the IOC Athletes’ Commission and the Adecco Group.

The workshop aimed at providing young elite athletes with the resources and training required to overcome the challenges of handling dual career and transition when their sporting career is nearing an end.

The workshop helped young athletes in understanding how their skills can be transferred to increase excellence in an academic or workplace environment, while providing opportunities to develop new skills.

“Competitive sport is more challenging now and the requirements of athlete support should also change with time. ACP is a well-designed programme that helps athletes in their journey to be equally successful in both in sports and career,” said IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta. “IOA would be organizing ACP workshops in various cities across India and introducing more such initiatives in the coming year.”

The workshop was conducted by IOC’s ACP educators and former Olympians Anjali Bhagwat and Jovina Choo.

At the end of the workshop, Anil Khanna, president of the Asian Tennis Federation and vice-president of the International Tennis Federation, gave certificates to the young athletes and applauded the efforts of IOA.

“The ACP educators have helped us athletes decode the confusion in choosing between sports and education, life skills, networking, prioritisation,” said 2018 Youth Olympic Games hockey 5s silver medallist Vivek Sagar Prasad.