Somali NOC presidential statement outlines NOC’s roles in nationwide sport
In a bid to give the Somali people a full understanding of the roles and regulations
of Somali National Olympic committee in terms of sports development and rehabilitation
of the country’s destroyed facilities, the president of Somali Olympic committee
Abdullehi Ahmed Tarabi, has on Monday issued a press statement which carries articles
within the Constitution and Olympic charter declaring the regulations of NOC and
the roles of our Ministry of Sports.
The Somali National Olympic committee presidential statement issued here in Mogadishu
is as shown bellow.
Asalamu Alaykum Warahmatulahi Wa Barakaatuhu
I am writing today to clarify the roles and responsibilities of the Somali Olympic
Committee in the development of the sports in the country. The roles and responsibilities
of the Somali Olympic Committee are clearly written in both the SOC constitution
as well as the Olympic charter.
There have been ambiguities in who is doing what in terms of the sports development
of the country within the wider Somali sports family. I have witnessed that some
of our sports family argue that they are expecting from the SOC sport development
projects and programs that are not in the mandate of the SOC. So I am writing today
to clarify this issue in order to promote understanding among the Somali sports
First I would like to highlight that SOC is NOT the highest sports body of the country.
It is the Ministry of sports that is the highest body of sports in the country.
SOC roles according to the SOC constitution and Olympic charter are as follows;
01. To propagate the fundamental principles of Olympism by creating such institutions
like, Diffusion of Olympism Programs, Physical Education programmes, school and
university sport programmes, National Olympic Academy, Olympic Museum and teaching
02. To promote the fundamental principles and values of Olympism in Somalia, in
particular, in the fields of sport and education, by promoting Olympic education
programmes in all levels of schools, sports and physical education institutions
and universities, and encouraging the construction (if possible) of national sports
Academy, Olympic museum.
03. Somalia NOC will ensure the. Observation of the Olympic Charter in Somalia and
promote the high performance sport and sport for all.
04. To help in the training of sports administrations by organizing courses and
ensure that such courses contribute to the propagation of the fundamental principles
05. To adopt and implement the world Anti-Doping Code, thereby ensuring that the
Somalia NOC anti-doping policies and rules, membership and/or funding requirements
and results management procedures conform with the World Anti Doping Code and respect
all the roles and responsibilities for NOCs that are listed within the World Anti-Doping
06. To take action against any form of discrimination and violence in sport.
07. The Somali NOC shall participate in the Games of Olympiad by sending athletes
to represent Somalia at the Olympic games and at regional, continental or world
multisport competitions patronized by the IOC.
08. The S. O. C. is obliged to participate in the games of the Olympiad by sending
athletes in accordance with the I. O. C. Charter.
09. The S. O. C. constitutes, organize and lead its delegations at the Olympic games
and at the regional, continental or world multi-sports competitions patronize by
10. Have the exclusive power for the representation of its country at the Olympic
games or regional, continental or world multi-sports competition patronized by the
International Olympic Committee.
The national federations are also responsible for the development of their mandated
sports discipline in Somalia with the same scope and areas of development as the
Somali Olympic Committee.
These are the principle roles and responsibilities of the Somali Olympic Committee.
I hope this clarification will create better understanding in what SOC stands for.
I also hope that our extended sports family will expect us to deliver the above
mandated areas in the development of the Somali sports.
Abdullahi A. Tarabi
President of Somali Olympic Committee