Slovenian Olympians Association forges strong, new partnership with NOC

18 | 4 | 2017

World Olympians Association (WOA) has hailed the work done by the Slovenian National Olympians Association (NOA) following its move into a key partnership with the Slovenian National Olympic Committee (OKS).

The Slovenian Olympians, as they will be known, will benefit from increased infrastructure and funding from the NOC, and will work collaboratively with the organisation on transitioning athletes into post-competition careers.

The restructured NOA, which retains two-time Olympic gold medallist Mirsolav Cerar as President, will remain autonomous in its decision-making and will continue to work with the WOA on its Olympian-led projects.

As part of its new strategic plan, the WOA is working hard around the world to better connect NOAs with their respective NOCs. This news highlights the strong progress being made.

Following on from the announcement of the partnership, the Slovenian Olympians have revealed a special solidarity fund that will be set up in 2017, offering one-time grants to Olympians to help better their communities through sport.

Additionally, the coming year will also see the NOA continue to promote the Slovenian Olympic Education Centre, which was opened in March 2016 at a special ceremony attended by IOC President Thomas Bach.

Slovenia NOA President and former Olympic gymnastics gold-medallist, Miroslav Cerar, said:

“This is a momentous time for our NOA, and I know that this new, closer working partnership with the Slovenian National Olympic Committee will help us to achieve new heights.

“Our Slovenian Olympians want to help better their communities and nurture the talent of tomorrow, and we are excited to move forward now with the immense support we receive from both the WOA and the OKS.”