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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|
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    Maltese Olympic Committee announces beneficiaries of Youth Elite Scheme

Maltese Olympic Committee announces beneficiaries of Youth Elite Scheme

In its continuous efforts to support the efforts of young athletes, the Maltese Olympic Committee announced an investment of €40,000 which will be distributed amongst a pool of young athletes who have shown promise and have already produced some notable results in their sports.

The Youth Elite Scheme aims to provide opportunities to prepare, and support the most promising young athletes on a journey to becoming future medallists for Malta.  Through the Scheme, talented athletes will be given the opportunity to maximise their potential and achieve their personal best by supporting and adding value to an athlete’s current plan with their personal coach

While regular, quality coaching is a key ingredient to progress, the programmes will look to ensure all athletes develop the necessary key areas for their event relating to lifestyle, preparation, performance, physical, mental, tactical and technical aspects.

The pool of athletes was chosen based on their current performances and following discussions with their coaches and National Federations.  Athletes were placed into three tiers of funding– Podium, Elite and Promising.

Podium athletes consist of a small pool of athletes who have already gained podium placings in international competitions and  who have achieved top European rankings in their respective  Youth categories.  Similarly, Elite athletes are athletes who have registered personal bests and national records whilst, as the name implies, the Promising category sees athletes who are showing improvement and upping the game on a regular basis.

“It is our mission to be enablers towards the success of our supported athletes. It is imperative that we build a strong foundation for the future of sport in Malta, in particular for the forthcoming GSSE to be held in Malta in 2023” Paul Sultana, Director and Head of Youth Commission within [...]

By |July 6th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Maltese Olympic Committee announces beneficiaries of Youth Elite Scheme|
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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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