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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|


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.

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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|
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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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    Team Malta’s commitments at the 2nd European Games in Minsk so far

Team Malta’s commitments at the 2nd European Games in Minsk so far

As the 2nd European Games progress in Minsk, Team Malta’s committments have seen most of the action happening over the weekend when Jeremy Saywell (Judo), Mikela Galea (Shooting) and Alexander Smyth (Cycling) took part in their respective competitions.

The start of the Games saw a number of logistical challenges that were not of benefit to the Maltese athletes. Nevertheless, they still competed with heart and determination in a field of some of the world’s best athletes, Olympians and Olympic Medallists.


The Games, did not start well for Mikela Galea, who’s shotgun failed to arrive in time for her to practice before her scheduled competitions on Saturday and Sunday.  Galea qualified for these Games on her own merit having obtained her slot in the 2018 World Championships, held in Changwong South Korea where she placed 10th. Galea competed for a qualifying place in the final on Saturday and Sunday. Galea’s inexperience and lack of training prior to competition showed against the pool of highly experienced shooters. Galea performed better on Sunday  when  she started getting used to the range which was very challenging.  This showed when the score for entry in the final was very low at 107.


The luck of the draw was certainly not in favour of Jeremy Saywell, when he drew against Ukrainian Georgii Zantaraia, the 3rd seeded judoka at the Games and currently ranked 9th in the world. In the first seconds, Saywell had a good attack, which could have eventually ended in a score, however the huge experience of Zantaraia came in handy when Saywell stopped for 1 second, resulting in Zantaraia throwing him for Ippon. Zantaraia eventually won the European title for 2019 against Matteo Medves from Italy.


Alexander Smyth took part [...]

By |June 24th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Team Malta’s commitments at the 2nd European Games in Minsk so far|

2019 Minsk European Games Contingent Announced

The Maltese Olympic Committee today officially announced the contingent travelling to Minsk for the European Games which will take place between the 21st to the 30th of June.

Malta will be fielding four athletes and will be taking part in Cycling (Alexander Smyth), Shooting (Michaela Galea – Trap, Eleanor Bezzina – Air Pistol 25m)  and Judo (Jeremy Saywell).

This is the second time that Malta has taken part in the European Games having previously taken part in the 2015 edition which took place in Baku.

The Games will feature 200 events in 15 sports and around 4,000 athletes from 50 countries are expected to take part. Ten of the sports, including Shooting will offer qualification opportunities for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Maltese athletes will be involved in competitions as from Sunday 22nd June and will end on Wednesday 26th June. A detailed programme of events can be found here – .MINSK 2019 | European Games Team Malta Schedule

Chef de Mission duties will be carried out by Maltese Olympic Committee Director of Sport Ivan Balzan whilst Eleanor Bezzina was chosen as flag bearer.  Bezzina has just returned from the Games of the Small States of Europe where she won a Gold medal in the Air Pistol (10m) discipline.

Photo Courtesy | Martin Agius

By |June 14th, 2019|News|Comments Off on 2019 Minsk European Games Contingent Announced|

2019 GSSE Montenegro Games Wrap Up

The Games of the Small States of Europe (GSSE) came to close on Saturday 1st June with Team Malta bringing home 27 medals – six gold, 12 silver and nine Bronze.

A total of 80 athletes took part in Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volley, Judo, Shooting, Swimming, Tennis and Table Tennis. Despite the total medal tally falling short of two medals, when compared to Malta’s performance in San Marino two years ago, the colour of medals won has improved significantly – six gold compared to four and 12 silver compared to 9 in 2017.


An improvement in this sport has been registered – this is thanks to the changes implemented in the past two years which has seen local operations strengthen and better synergies created between coaches and athletes in the various track and field disciplines.  Lisa Marie Bezzina was truly the golden girl of the games having fulfilled her promise of bring gold in the 5000m and 10000m – her commitment and dedication to bring this result home has been unwavering since her return from a disappointing San Marino two years ago.  Jordan Gusman, a Maltese athlete living away from our shores brought home two Golds (5000m and 10000m) and a Silver in the 1500m, which in his very own words is not his race. Positive performances were provided by Claire Azzopardi and Ian Paul Grech, both of whom brought home a silver medal in the triple jump. Meanwhile Ian Grech also brought a Bronze medal in the long jump. Damien Mizzi, a newcomer to Team Malta secured a Bronze in the 400m.  A disappointing performance from Charlotte Wingfield meant that no medals were secured in the 100m and 200m, however Wingfield was just returning from [...]

By |June 10th, 2019|News|Comments Off on 2019 GSSE Montenegro Games Wrap Up|

2019 GSSE Press Conference

The Maltese Olympic Committee cordially invites you to a Media Conference in relation to the forthcoming Games of the Small States of Europe, which will take place in Montenegro between the 27th May and 1st June.

During the press conference, members of the Maltese Olympic Committee will address those present and will provide details of the latest updates, the delegation representing Malta as well as the announcement of the Flag Bearer for the Opening Ceremony.

Date: Thursday 2nd May, 2017

Time: 11:30 hrs.

Location: Maltese Olympic Committee Head Quarters, National Swimming Pool Complex, Maria Teresa Spinelli Street, Gzira

The Media will be addressed by:

Mr. Julian Pace Bonello – President ,Maltese Olympic Committee

Mr. Ivan Balzan  – Director of Sports, Maltese Olympic Committee

Mr. Paul Sultana – Director, Maltese Olympic Committee and GSSE 2019 Chef de Mission

Ms. Maria Vella-Galea – Director of Media,  Maltese Olympic Committee



·       In attendance will be a number of athletes forming part of Team Malta.

·       Your attendance, together with any member of your media team would be greatly appreciated.

·       Refreshments will be served at the end of the conference.

·       Any media queries are to be directed to Ms. Maria Vella-Galea, Director of Media & Public Relations on 9981 2345 or

By |April 25th, 2019|Events, News|Comments Off on 2019 GSSE Press Conference|

Maltese Olympic Committee Celebrates Sporting Excellence

The Maltese Olympic Committee celebrated sporting excellence at the annual Maltese Olympic Committee Sports Awards held on Friday evening in Attard.

Each year the Maltese Olympic Committee Sports Awards recognise the efforts, commitment, dedication and results achieved by local athletes competing and representing Malta in international sporting competitions organised under the auspices of the International Federation of that sport or a recognised and reputable International Sport Organisation.

With 2018 being the year of the XXII Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and the XVII Mediterranean Games in Tarragona, Maltese sport was particularly celebrating the medals won in these Games – namely Bronze Medal in Shooting (Brian Galea) and Lawn Bowls (Ladies Team) at the Commonwealth Games and the Bocci/Raffa Medal (Stefan Farrugia) in the Mediterranean Games.

However, the awards and recognition bestowed is not limited to these Games and the Maltese Olympic Committee is proud of the numerous achievements that Maltese athletes registered in various competitions around the world throughout the past year.

“The Adjudicating Committee did not have an easy job when assessing the nominations. Maltese athletes have shown nothing but dedication and sacrifice to ensure their best possible performances on the international sphere” remarked Julian Pace Bonello, President, Maltese Olympic Committee. “It is always encouraging to see returning faces to the awards meaning that these athletes are still top of their game, whilst even more reassuring to see new and young faces which means a good promise for Maltese sport especially in view of the 2023 Games of the Small States of Europe which will be hosted in Malta.”

William Beck, Deputy President and Chairman of the Sports Awards Organising Committee explained that the criteria for the selection of Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were based [...]

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