Bermuda Olympic Association
The Bermuda Olympic Association was formed through the keenness of local swimmers and the initiative of men such as John King, Chummy Hayward and Jim Murray. A move to obtain recognition from the International Olympic Committee was started in 1934. After a great deal of work and correspondence final approval of the formation of the Bermuda Olympic Committee was received on February 13th, 1936. An invitation to take part in the 11th Olympiad in Berlin was received shortly thereafter. The Bermuda Olympic Association is one of 206 National Olympic Committees worldwide. It is committed to the development of athletes and supports the development of “sport for all” programs and high performance sport in Bermuda
The Bermuda Olympic Association's objectives as an NOC are:
To develop, promote and protect the Olympic Movement and its ideals throughout Bermuda in accordance with the Olympic Charter.
To ensure the application of the Olympic Charter in Bermuda.
- To promote the fundamental principles and values of Olympism in Bermuda, in particular, in the fields of sport and education, by promoting Olympic educational programmes in all levels of schools, sports and physical education institutions, as well as by encouraging the creation of institutions dedicated to Olympic education, such as a National Olympic Academy, an Olympic Museum and other programmes, including cultural, related to the Olympic Movement.
- To encourage the development of high-performance sport in Bermuda.
- To encourage and generally stimulate interest and participation by residents of Bermuda in sport, at all levels, wherever possible.
- To offer advice and assistance to Government in the planning, organization and implementation of schemes to enhance sport in Bermuda.
- To establish affiliation to, and recognition by, the IOC, the Commonwealth Games Federation, the Pan American Sports Organisation, the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organisation, the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Associations and any other recognised international sports federation or body sponsoring international games or sports festivals.
- To organize and lead its respective athlete delegations at the Olympic Games. The Association is obliged to send athletes to regional, continental or world multi-sports competitions patronized by the IOC and fulfill its obligation to participate in the Games of the Olympiad (Summer Olympic Games).
- To select and enter persons to represent Bermuda at competitions held under the jurisdiction or auspices of the organizations specified in (g) above (such selections to be made primarily from recommendations of National Federations or Associations) and to make further recommendations for selection where deemed appropriate; to assume responsibility for the conduct of such persons following selection, and to ensure adherence to the eligibility rules of the relevant competition.
- To assist and support the National Federations or Associations which are affiliated to the International Federations for those sports which are either included in the programme of the Olympic Games, or recognised by the IOC.
- To encourage and support measures relating to the medical care and health of athletes.
- To take action wherever required, against any form of discrimination and violence in sport.
- To promote the participation of women in sport at all levels of sports and sports administration.
- To adopt and implement the World Anti-Doping Code, thereby ensuring that The Association’s anti-doping policies and rules, membership and/or funding requirements and results management procedures conform to the World Anti-Doping Code and respect all the roles and responsibilities for NOCs that are listed within the World Anti-Doping Code.
- To establish an Athletes Commission, as per the IOC guidelines, to represent the views of the athletes and make their voices heard within The Association.
- To support the training of sport administrators by organising courses and ensuring that such courses contribute to the development of the fundamental principles of Olympism.
- To promote mutual trust and confidence between The Association, IOC and the National Federations or Associations in pursuit of these Objectives.