The mandate of the governing bodies of the Olympic Committee of Portugal (COP) will be extended until the end of the Tokyo Olympic Games, to take place in 2021, a decision approved today by the "unanimity" of the body's plenary assembly.
In view of the “extraordinary circumstances” resulting from the Covid-19, which dictated the postponement of the Games for one year, the Executive Committee of the COP, led by José Manuel Constantino, decided to propose the extension of the mandate, leaving only to define the precise date of the electoral act, “which will happen during the first quarter of 2022 ”.
The Tokyo2020 Olympic Games, which were to take place between July 24 and August 9 of this year, were postponed to the period between July 23 and August 8, 2021, due to the pandemic of Covid-19.
The mandate of the members of the governing bodies has a duration of four years, coinciding with the Olympic cycle, however, the pandemic changed the current rules, always modified according to the guidelines issued by the International Olympic Committee, as well as the exceptional measures applicable to the Federations Sports.
“The presentation of this proposal was based on the idea of allowing the completion of the process developed over four years in relation to the Olympic Preparation Program and respective participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games within a framework of stability”, explained the COP.
The adaptation of the mandates of the leaders of national federations to the Olympic cycle, taking into account the postponement of Tokyo2020, had already been approved by the Government, on April 23, in a regulation that excludes the Olympic body, which is dependent on the statutes of the COP and the Olympic Charter.
The COP Activities and Accounts Report for 2019 and the Activities Plan and the Amending Budget for 2020 were both “unanimously approved”.
The adoption of the Declaration of Athletes, which defines a common set of rights and duties for athletes of the Olympic Movement under the jurisdiction of its members, was voted in favor.
This initiative by the International Olympic Committee's Committee of Athletes "is inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights agreements, principles and treaties".
"Its objective is to guide the actions of the Olympic Movement, reinforcing support for athletes, regardless of their sport, age, gender or nationality", explains the COP.
According to the organization, this document covers topics such as anti-doping, integrity, clean sport, communication, governance, discrimination and protection against sexual harassment and abuse.
At the grand meeting, the COP admitted as “extraordinary members” the Portuguese Federation of Traditional Games, the Federation of Ju-Jitsu and Associated Disciplines of Portugal, the National Council of Associations of Physical Education and Sport Professionals and the Portuguese Federation of Lohan Tao Kempo .
In the information phase, the president of the Portuguese Canoeing Federation, Vítor Félix, praised the “approximation” between the Portuguese Olympic Committee, the Paralympic Committee of Portugal and the Portuguese Sports Confederation in the analysis of the situation of the Portuguese sports system and the request for hearings Parliament and the Secretary of State for Youth and Sport.
The leader of the swimming federation, António Silva, spoke of the need for a "unique voice" capable of creating in the political power a "perception of convergence" in relation to sport that conveys an idea of strength in the sector.