Sports competition requires such a huge personal investment from athletes that it leaves them very little time to prepare for their professional future. Many of them finish their sporting careers and find it difficult to move on with their professional lives.
With the aim of addressing this issue, the Athletes' Career Programme will provide professional career development services on a worldwide basis for athletes during and after their sporting careers. For 2005, 13 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) have been selected to participate in the programme.
'Athletes are at the core of the Olympic Movement' said the IOC President Jacques ROGGE during the press conference. 'They dedicate their lives to sports and it is only right that sports should give them something back at the end of their sporting careers. We believe this is a great step for the Olympic Movement and we are looking forward to a fruitful collaboration with Adecco in the best interest of the athletes.'
Adecco Group CEO Jérôme CAILLE said : 'We feel honoured that the IOC has chosen Adecco for the implementation of the 'Athletes' Career Programme' worldwide. Since 2000, we have helped more than 800 former athletes find a second careers in various countries such as Spain, Italy and Norway. Through our more than 20 dedicated teams across the globe and our tailored methodology, which includes professional assessment, career planning, training, coaching and placement, we aim to help an additional 2,000 athletes manage their career transition and successfully access the labour market. The abilities developed by the athletes during their sporting career are extremely valuable, and it is our responsibility to contribute to their success in the world of work'.
Commenting on the programme, Ådne SØNDRÅL, on behalf of the Athletes' Commission and its Chairman Sergey BUBKA who was unable to attend the press conference today, said: 'This agreement is very important for the athletes and we are grateful to the IOC and Adecco for taking into consideration the recommendations of the IOC Athletes' Commission. The period following the end of a sporting career can often be difficult and the Athletes' Career Programme provides the appropriate resources to help athletes take the best career path and be successful in their new professional lives'.
Note: As official supplier of the Olympic Winter Games Torino 2006, Adecco is also assisting TOROC with the selection and training of the 20.000 volunteers.
ISAF has confirmed its commitment to the Adecco Athlete Career Programme and will be formally partnering with Adecco in 2005.