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    Maltese Olympic Committee Youth Athlete Support Scheme Launched

Maltese Olympic Committee Youth Athlete Support Scheme Launched

The Maltese Olympic Committee this week announced the launch of the Youth Athlete Support Scheme.

The Youth Athlete Scheme launch, which was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will see forty seven athletes, representing fourteen different sporting disciplines benefit from funding which will not only contribute towards international competition participation – where possible,  but also for the use of professional services that include Physiotherapy, Nutrition, Sports Psychology and testing at the Committee’s Functional Diagnostic Laboratory.

The Scheme has seen a different format introduced this year. Athletes have been placed into different categories – the placement a result of their results, ranking, capabilities and future potential. 

The Scheme is divided into four categories – Youth Elite aimed towards ahletes who are under 18 years of age and are already highly ranked on a World or European Level. Youth Development  – grouping those athletes under 18 years of age who are already obtaining good results in international competitions,  Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) for those under 18 athletes, who are excelling in their sport and have the potential to develop into Youth Elite athletes. A new category – Intermediate Elite, will support athletes who previously fell under the Youth Elite category but who have now reached 18 years of age but are still progressing well in their sport.  An additional benefit introduced this year was support towards gym memberships. This was introduced since many athletes were hindered from travelling due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The Maltese Olympic Committee regards these athletes as the future of sport in Malta.  They have been chosen based on their performances and we look at them as being contributors towards Malta’s success at the forthcoming GSSE (Games of the Small States of Europe) to be [...]

By |September 14th, 2020|News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Maltese Olympic Committee Youth Athlete Support Scheme Launched|
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    Expression of Interest for Marketing & Branding Services – DEADLINE EXTENDED

Expression of Interest for Marketing & Branding Services – DEADLINE EXTENDED

Our attention has been drawn by some Companies that our Expression of Interest for Marketing was not widely published.The MOC has decided that we shall be extending the closing date of the EOI for Marketing and Branding Services till Friday 18th September 2020 at 11.00amThis EOI will be publicized on the Sunday Times, It-Torca and il-Mument.Please note that you can revise your submission by this date.The GSSE 2023 Team

The Maltese Olympic Committee is issuing a call for the Expression of Interest for a holistic Marketing Strategy and Branding Services in view of the forthcoming Games of the Small States of Europe scheduled to take place in June 2023.Services include the development of the GSSE2023 Brand as well as services related but not limited to campaign management in the run up to the Games in 2023.The successful bidder will be required to work in close collaboration with the Maltese Olympic Committee to meet the required target time-frames. “The Maltese Olympic Committee and the GSSE Organising Committee have already started working intensively on this project and has divided the marketing strategy in multiple phases. The first phase will take place between October 2020 and March 2021” explained Julian Pace Bonello, President, Maltese Olympic Committee.

Time-framesAll Expression of Interest submissions are to be received by not later than noon on Monday 31st August.

All offers should be sent in .pdf format to the attention of the Director of Media on gsse2023@nocmalta.orgThe receipt of bids will be acknowledged within one working day by email. Clarification queries, duly posted in writing by electronic mail will be received up to 5 calendar days before the deadline of receipt of the proposals as per date stipulated above.The Successful bidder will be announced on [...]

By |August 20th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Expression of Interest for Marketing & Branding Services – DEADLINE EXTENDED|

MOC welcomes announcement of reopening of gyms on Friday.

The Maltese Olympic Committee welcomes the announcement that gyms will be reopening on Friday.  The Maltese Olympic Committee supports this move which should see all sports resuming and looks forward to competitions being allowed to restart shortly after.

The MOC believes that in light of these changes the Guidelines for Return to Sport are to be amended accordingly. It reiterates its continued support and willingness to contribute towards this exercise to ensure that the sporting environment picks up the momentum that was lost due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

By |May 31st, 2020|News|Comments Off on MOC welcomes announcement of reopening of gyms on Friday.|

MOC Delegation in discussions with Health Minister

A delegation from the Maltese Olympic Committee, made up of Mr Julian Pace Bonello, Mr Joseph Cassar, Mr Ivan Balzan, Dr Lucienne Attard, Dr. Kirill Micallef Stafrace and Mr Paul Sultana, yesterday held a meeting with the Hon. Dr Chris Fearne, Prof Charmaine Gauci, the Hon. Dr Clifton Grima, Dr Chris Bonnett and Mr Jeremy Dalli. The meeting’s focus was the strategy to return to practicing sports.

MOC President, Mr Julian Pace Bonello thanked the Deputy Prime Minister and his colleagues for the excellent way in which they have been conducting the measures to curb the dissemination of the Covid-19 Virus. He continued to give an overview of what the MOC had done to-date with the National Federations on this topic and their recommendations as to how to commence their athletes return to training in their proper sport environment

He also confirmed that the strategy adopted to-date, was totally in line with the MOC’s own recommendations to commence with individual sports practiced outdoors and of a non-contact nature.

Director of Sport, Mr Ivan Balzan presented a detailed dossier for many of the sports. The dossier was compiled in conjunction with the National Federations and included thorough research as to how other GSSE countries were returning to the sports venues to resume their training.

MOC Secretary General Mr Joseph Cassar also added that the MOC was only proposing training for elite athletes and was not encouraging any sort of competition at this stage. He also pointed out that certain sports had to be played inside sports venues where distance and other safety measures were possible.

Hon Chris Fearne welcomed this dossier and thanked the MOC for attending this meeting as well as for the valuable proposals presented during the discussion, [...]

By |May 21st, 2020|News|Comments Off on MOC Delegation in discussions with Health Minister|


Authorities urged to give sports priority restart

From the onset of the spread of the Corona-19 virus in Malta, the Maltese Olympic Committee (MOC) immediately urged our National Sports Associations to abide by the directives of Government and the Health Authorities in order to safeguard the health of our Athletes and the public. The MOC would like to thank the sports community for their understanding and collaboration. Moreover we thank the Maltese Government and the Health Authorities for their sterling work to contain the spread of the Covid -19.

However the Maltese Olympic Committee, which represents 47 National Sports Associations, is disappointed that until now Sport has been left in the dark as to when and how restrictions will be relaxed.

More than a month ago we asked all Federations to prepare a report and propose how national team Athletes may resume training whilst respecting Health Authorities directives.

On the 6th May communication was sent to ask for a meeting with the Health Authorities to present these proposals. Regretfully to date, the MOC has not received any response to our requested meeting.

The MOC is aware that a meeting was held last Thursday 14th May between the Health Authorities and Sport Malta. It is very disappointing that the MOC was not invited to this meeting. Furthermore,it seems that no information to the Maltese public seems to have been issued with regards to the outcome of this meeting.

Most European Countries have already opened up to a number of sporting disciplines with specific special guidelines. Unless the Government urgently reacts to the needs of the Sports, Maltese Athletes will be disadvantaged when compared with our competitors.

On behalf of our National Team Athletes, National Federations and National Coaches we plead with the [...]

By |May 19th, 2020|News|Comments Off on MEDIA STATEMENT – COVID-19 Update|


Resumption of Sports Activities

Further to various comments on several media channels, the Maltese Olympic Committee would like to advise that it has been in contact with affiliated Federations and a number of athletes with regards to the Covid-19 pandemic situation. 

Whilst the Maltese Olympic Committee understands and appreciates the frustration of athletes who are not able to train, it is the Maltese Olympic Committee’s responsibility to ensure that all Health and Safety regulations issued by the Health Department are adhered to. 

At the same time, the Maltese Olympic Committee is working closely with the Authorities and the Parliamentary Secretariat for Sport and other stakeholders to ensure that Sport is given its due importance under the circumstances.

By |May 7th, 2020|News|Comments Off on MEDIA STATEMENT|

Tribute – Jonathan Chetcuti

The Maltese Olympic Committee was saddened to read of
the passing of former national volleyball player Jonathan Chetcuti, who passed
away earlier on today.

Photo Credit: The Concept Stadium

Jonathan, played competitive volleyball of over twenty
years, winning all top personal and team
honours in Malta with three different teams. Over the years he obtained numerous
caps with the Malta National Volleyball team, captaining his national side
between 2003 and 2012.  In 2001 he
was part of the Maltese contingent in the Games of the Small States of Europe,
held in San Marino.

Jonathan was twice nominated for the
Malta National Sports Awards.

Jonathan was
also well known abroad, particularly in Milan, Italy where he organised a
number of training camps for the Maltese National Team.

Jonathan, a technology and computer design expert was
also respected in his field – with many commenting for his unique approach to
life, business and happiness.

Once the sad news broke, social media was flooded with
heartfelt tributes – a true testament of the respect Jonathan enjoyed.

The Maltese Olympic Committee offers its condolences
to his wife Elaine, his son Gigi, his parents Monica and Hector – former Malta
Volleyball Association President and his innumerable friends.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Chetcuti’s Facebook

May they find solace at such a difficult time.

Rest in peace Jonathan.

By |May 3rd, 2020|News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Tribute – Jonathan Chetcuti|

Message to Athletes

The Maltese Olympic Committee’s Director of Sport has penned a heartfelt message to athletes in view of the current situation that the world is facing with the Covid-19 Pandemic.

To read the message just click on the download button below.


By |April 8th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Message to Athletes|

Postponement – Tokyo 2020

Statement from the Maltese Olympic Committee in view of Tokyo 2020 postponement

The Maltese Olympic Committee welcomes the
decision of the IOC, the Government of Japan and the Organising Committee to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
by a year.

This decision was taken in the
best interest of the health of the athletes and the general public in this sad
period which the world is going through because of the COVID-19 virus.

This decision is in line with the
sentiments of the Maltese Olympic Committee, for whom the health and welfare of
our athletes comes first and foremost.

The MOC would like to show its solidarity with all those athletes who have had already qualified for the Olympic Games, and also with all the other athletes who have put in hours of training and immense sacrifice for these games.

Furthermore the MOC takes this opportunity to urge all athletes and the general public to continue to adhere to the instructions given by health authorities so that we will actively contribute to the control of the spread of this malignant virus.

IOC Announcement

By |March 24th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Postponement – Tokyo 2020|

MOC Offices Closed

Dear Colleagues and friends,

a series of preventive measures announced by the Maltese Government
with regards to the risk of the Covid-19 virus, it has been decided,
with a great
sense of responsibility and awareness, that the headquarters of the
Maltese Olympic Committee will remain partially closed from Monday 16
March until further notice. Most of our staff is now teleworking from

situation will be reevaluated again in accordance with the latest
reports on the issue and the official statements of the Maltese

are all therefore kindly urged not to come to the offices, unless a
specific or urgent meeting is required.  Needless to say you can
continue to correspond
with us via email or personal telephones. 

Kindly note also that all FDL appointments are being rescheduled and you will be receiving further information in due course.

wish you all health and positive thinking in these difficult moments
and urge you to take all the necessary precautions. Take good care

By |March 16th, 2020|News|Comments Off on MOC Offices Closed|