National Olympic Committees Given More Funding In Hopes Of Improved Performance Standards
Delegates from 23 Southeast and East Asian countries were given a "detailed step by step tour of the four-year plan which envisages enhanced funding" for National Olympic Committees to raise the performance standard of their athletes by helping them train better, according to H. S. Manjunath of the PHNOM PENH POST. The Olympic Solidarity-Olympic Council of Asia Quadrennial Plan for the '13-16 Olympic cycle will include "more funding and broader scope for individual initiatives in allocation of grants and scholarships for athletic programs." This includes the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games and the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games. One particular concept that received "warm approval" was the introduction of interim scholarships, a kind of a bridge between the end of one event and the start of the next. It was also pointed out that any NOC in Asia "would be eligible for a team support grant" to build one national team of its choice in any Olympic discipline, men or women (PHNOM PENH POST, 3/27).