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    Maltese Athletes honoured at the 18th Maltese Olympic Committee Sports Awards

Maltese Athletes honoured at the 18th Maltese Olympic Committee Sports Awards

Malta Shooting Sports Federation Athlete William Chetcuti receiving his Gold Award from MOC President Mr. Julian Pace BonelloCredit: Andrew Large

The 18th Edition of the annual Maltese Olympic Committee Sports
Awards fêted the
international achievements of local elite athletes and teams, who excelled in
their respective sports throughout the period of October 2018 – October 2019.

With 2019 being a GSSE year it was to be expected that
the majority of awards presented went to athtletes forming part of Team Malta
in Montenegro, however a substantial number of athletes competing in events
other than the GSSE performed well to bring further honour to Malta.   In total sixty nine awards were
presented.  The highest accolade of the
evening was the Gold Award Category of which sixteen awards were presented.

In a brief address,
William Beck, Deputy President and Chairman of the MOC Sports Awards Organising
team, congratulated the winners for reaching the ultimate goal – Citius, Altius,
Fortius, which is what every athlete strives for; to be the fastest, to reach
the highest, to be the strongest. He also expressed the Committee’s admiration
for those athletes who despite not having made it to the podium still honoured
Malta with their level of sportsmanship whenever they competed and emphasized
that when the time comes for them to be remembered for their actions, they will
be remembered as to how they played the game.

Special guest for the evening was Szilveszter Csollány,
former Hungarian gymnast, considered as one of the best gymnasts in Olympic
history. An Olympic medallist following his success in Atlanta (1996) and
Sydney (2000), he is also a five time World Artistic Gymnastics Champion and is
considered to be one of the world’s renowned gymnastics coaches [...]

By |December 8th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Maltese Athletes honoured at the 18th Maltese Olympic Committee Sports Awards|
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    Call for Expression of Interest for Media Accreditation to Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games

Call for Expression of Interest for Media Accreditation to Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games

The Maltese Olympic Committee (MOC) is pleased to offer
accreditation for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games (24 July 2020 – 9 August
2020) to:

One Journalist (Category E) defined (by Tokyo 2020) as:
a Journalist, Editor, Photographic editor, employed or contracted by an
International or National news agency, a general daily newspaper, a sports
newspaper, magazine or internet site; a digital journalist, or freelance journalist
under contract.

One Photographer (Category EP): defined (by Tokyo 2020)
as: Photographer meeting the same criteria as for item 1.

The following table outlines the venue and zone access, seating and transport
privileges granted to press categories at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Conditions:

1. The MOC can offer the accreditation to the Tokyo 2020
competitions;

2. The Media persons will be responsible for all expenses,
including, but not limited to flights, accommodation, subsistence etc.;

3. The selected
photographer and journalist will be bound to cover all Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
activities, events and competitions where Maltese athletes are competing and
will give the right to the MOC to use such articles and photographs as they
deem fit, including sharing on the MOC’s digital channels and other media
channels;

4. The selected
photographer and journalist will be free to distribute related material to
other entities at the same time that such material is also given to the MOC;

5. Whilst the photographer will be the owner
of the material gathered at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, they will be required
to provide the MOC with copies of the material taken by the accredited person, particularly in relation to
Maltese athletes competing at these Games. Credit will be given accordingly;

6. The selected photographer will be expected to offer his
Services to the MOC at no charge for [...]

By |December 3rd, 2019|News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Call for Expression of Interest for Media Accreditation to Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games|
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    Maltese Olympic Committee announces finalists of the 18th MOC Sports Awards

Maltese Olympic Committee announces finalists of the 18th MOC Sports Awards

Winning Categories to be announced at Gala event on
Saturday 7th December

MOC Director of Sport, Ivan Balzan, announcing the finalists of the 18th MOC Sports Awards

The Maltese
Olympic Committee announced the finalists of the 18th Edition of the annual
Gala Sports Awards which will take place on Saturday 7th December at the
Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa in Attard.

The chosen athletes
will be those that
stood out in their respective sporting categories and will be recognised for
their accomplishments during the competition period October 2018 – October
2019.

Award
Categories start from the Special Award, followed by Bronze, Silver, Gold and
Platinum and will be bestowed based on the results achieved in major
international competitions organised under the auspices of the International
Federation of the athletes’ respective sport or a recognised and reputable
International Sport Organisation.

“The Awards are a culmination of a year of successful
achievements by our athletes who through their commitment, dedication and
sacrifice bring honour to Malta.  This year’s Awards naturally feature
the results obtained in the Games of the Small States of Europe held in
Montenegro, where Malta brought home 27 medals and an increase in its Gold and
Silver medal
tally. Nonetheless a number of commendable results were obtained in other
sports of which the MOC is proud to honour such achievements” explained Julian Pace Bonello,
President, Maltese Olympic Committee.

The MOC
Sports Awards Organising team, led by Deputy President William Beck, explained
that this year’s edition 87 nominations were received from 20 Associations. These
athletes and teams will be awarded for their achievements when representing Malta in international championships.
The finalists and the actual category of the award were determined by the MOC
Technical Commission under [...]

By |November 30th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Maltese Olympic Committee announces finalists of the 18th MOC Sports Awards|
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    MOC to host series of Sports Development Round Table Sessions

MOC to host series of Sports Development Round Table Sessions

The Maltese Olympic Committee hosted the first Sports Development Round Table in preparation of the Strategy
Conference to be held in January.

The topic was Participation in
Sport.

Several
representatives from associations and federations met at MOC headquarters to
share experiences and discuss ideas, best practices and challenges they
face. 

Together we came up
with common objectives and explored possibilities of future collaboration
across different associations to increase participation in Sport.

On Monday 25th
November we will convene for the second Round Table, which will
cover the topic of Sports Development

By |November 24th, 2019|News|Comments Off on MOC to host series of Sports Development Round Table Sessions|
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    Maltese Olympic Committee launches 3×3 Basketball Initiative in Schools

Maltese Olympic Committee launches 3×3 Basketball Initiative in Schools

Project is being carried out in collaboration with the Malta Basketball Association and the Malta Wheelchair Basketball Association

The Maltese Olympic Committee in collaboration with
the Malta Basketball Association and the Malta Wheelchair Basketball
Association today launched a campaign to promote  3×3 Basketball in schools. 

This project will take place in the months of
November and December.

The objective of the Campaign, which is part of
the  Maltese Olympic Committee Sports of
All programme is to enable students to discover, learn and understand this
emerging sport which will be part of the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
and the 2023 Games of the Small States of Europe, which will be hosted in
Malta.

Qualified international coaches will be running
practice sessions on a professional 3×3 Basketball Court which will be purposely
set up in a number of schools, which have accepted the Maltese Olympic
Committee’s invitation to be part of this programme.

Whilst creating a unique sports experience,
students will also benefit from the opportunity of practicing one of the newest Olympic Sport
disciplines. The programme has also included  3×3 wheelchair basketball, which will enable
students to not only experience a totally different dimension of basketball but
also become more aware of the inclusivity and wide spectrum of sports.

“The response to this project has been very positive and well received. We are very excited at the prospect to give exposure to this new sport. The synergy between the Maltese Olympic Committee, the Malta Basketball and Malta Wheelchair Basketball Association has been tremendous which augurs well for the development of this sport in Malta” David Azzopardi,  Director of Finance and Chairman of the Sports For All Commission within Maltese Olympic Committee.

The Project will see [...]

By |November 7th, 2019|Basketball Association, News|Comments Off on Maltese Olympic Committee launches 3×3 Basketball Initiative in Schools|
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    Hannah Cutajar & Shaun Galea crowned Sprint Triathlon Champions

Hannah Cutajar & Shaun Galea crowned Sprint Triathlon Champions

Cutajar & Galea smash Male and Female Course Records on Salina Coast Road

The BSJ Go & Fun Sprint Triathlon Series came to
an end on Sunday morning on the Salina Coast Road with impressive wins from
Shaun Galea and Hannah Cutajar.  The Race
was also designated, by the Malta Triathlon Federation, as the National Sprint
Triathlon Championships.  

Galea and Cutajar’s impressive results saw the existing
course record broken.  The course record
was established back in 2016, when the Triathlon races returned to the Coast
Road following a break due to the reconstruction of the route. 

In keeping with International Triathlon Union
regulations for National Championship Races, the race saw two separate starts,
with a three-minute gap between the Male and Female starts. 

First out of the water was Shaun Galea, who gained a
three second advantage over possible podium contender Bernard Sant. Galea
continued to gain advantage in the first transition whilst heading onto the
20km cycle route.  From then on it was evident
that Galea was not only out for a win but a possible sub one-hour result. Galea
went on to build a comfortable gap over Sant and the rest of the athletes to
achieve an impressive finish time of 59 minutes, 17 seconds. Galea is the first
triathlete register such a time on the new coast road.  Sant had to settle for second place. In third
place was veteran Fabio Spiteri.  His
result might have come as a surprise to quite a few especially since Spiteri,
until recently, was focusing his energies on long distance triathlon.  

In the Females’ Category National Champion Hannah
Cutajar was first female out of the water. Her swim time was the third best of
the day.  [...]

By |September 23rd, 2019|News, Triathlon Federation|Comments Off on Hannah Cutajar & Shaun Galea crowned Sprint Triathlon Champions|

The Olympia Experience

Denise Busuttil

Denise Busuttil shares her experience in Olympia, made possible through the Maltese Olympic Committee.

The Sessions for Young Participants with the International Olympic Academy was an experience I will truly never forget. I can easily say it is a highlight in my life to represent Malta in such a wonderful experience!

During these 2 weeks, I had the
opportunity to meet hundreds of people from all over the world. I got to learn
about all the works and movements these individuals were working on.

These 2 weeks consisted of lectures,
workshops, dance, art and poetry classes, beach days, sports tournaments,
sunrises and sightseeing. There was not a day where you can get bored or have
nothing to do!

The lectures taught were on current situations, and issues that were
going on.

During the workshops, we then discussed
the lectures and produced our own presentations as a group – which we then
presented to all participants!

The lecture which really stuck out for me, and I think also for other
participants is the one presented by Dr Gelly Aroni (GRE) “Sport and an active
society without walls. Social inclusion of refugees through sport and physical
activity”  The lecture made an impact on
me and showed how powerful sport can be.

We also got to learn about the Olympic
experience from directly from the Olympians themselves!

By |September 23rd, 2019|News|Comments Off on The Olympia Experience|

3×3 Basketball | New Malta Champions crowned during Sigma 3×3 Championship Final

Malta National Aquarium hosted the last 3X3 basketball
tournament this year with SIGMA 3X3 Championship Final.

8 best teams participated in the event – and all of them
booked their spot in the tournament through the Championship stops played in
Msida, Pretty Bay, Ta`Qali and Tigne Point. The lineup in the Final was:

POOL A: QQriQ, Malta, Green Gang,
Ballers
POOL B: $$$, And One, Sauce,
Patriotz

The event played as part of the Sport for All programme gathered a good crowd
around the court supporting players and after the afternoon filled with
intensity, team Malta (Nathan Xuereb, Matthew Gouder, Peter Shoults and Jamie
Defoe) became the new Malta 3X3 basketball Champions and booked their ticket to
2020 Satellite tournament abroad.

Tournament details: https://play.fiba3x3.com/categories/c69856c1-94bc-4848-873b-0b8759d0a0e0/overview

The event was
sponsored by SiGMA, Malta National Aquarium, Malta Basketball Association and
Maltese Olympic Committee.

2019 SiGMA 3X3
Championship run across the summer and consisted of 5 Stops, where over 100
players were fighting for the Final games.

For more information
on the SIGMA Malta 3X3 Championship, including event updates, details and
rules, please follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, @malta3X3.

By |September 23rd, 2019|Basketball Association, News|Comments Off on 3×3 Basketball | New Malta Champions crowned during Sigma 3×3 Championship Final|
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    IOC 2-year distance learning diploma courses: sports medicine and physical therapies

IOC 2-year distance learning diploma courses: sports medicine and physical therapies

Ideal for doctors and physiotherapists who work in sport.

The
Medical Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has
recognised the important role that sports medicine plays in protecting
the health of athletes.

As
part of its commitment to supporting the health and performance of
athletes and to the continuing professional development of those who
care for them, the IOC Medical Commission now offers a
postgraduate-level program in Sports Medicine. The program is designed
primarily to meet the needs of team physicians from the National Olympic
Committees (NOC) and International Federations (IFs).

The program is operated on behalf of the IOC by sportsoracle too ltd.

The
program has built on existing programs offered by leading Universities,
but embraces an international faculty to offer a program that is beyond
the resources of any single institution.

The
program will focus on the health and performance implications of
participation in elite sport, but will also consider the role of
physical activity, nutrition and other lifestyle factors in promoting
good health.

The
new program will take advantage of new technology to deliver an
innovative program and to ensure that information is current,
comprehensive, authoritative and accessible.

The program operates under the academic oversight of an International Academic Advisory Board, who will advise on and be responsible for all aspects of academic standards, including:

·         Quality assurance of syllabus content

·         Moderation of student assessment

The
Program is not offered as an alternative to the various short,
intensive training programs that currently operate, but rather as a
comprehensive program of training in sports medicine for those
responsible for the care of elite athletes.

The IOC Diploma in Sports Medicine is awarded by the International Olympic CommitteeRegistration is open for the above-mentioned courses. For more [...]

By |August 9th, 2019|News|Comments Off on IOC 2-year distance learning diploma courses: sports medicine and physical therapies|

Summer Shutdown

Please note that the MOC offices will be closed from Monday 12th until Friday 16th August, so that our team will enjoy a well deserved break! The MOC offices will be open again from Monday 19th August.

By |August 9th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Summer Shutdown|