Who we are
The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) is the National Olympic Committee responsible for developing, promoting and protecting the Olympic Movement in Australia. The AOC has the exclusive responsibility for the representation of Australia at both the summer and winter Olympic Games, the Youth Olympic Games and at Regional Games patronised by the International Olympic Committee.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, originally scheduled to take place in 2020, and postponed due to COVID-19, will now officially be opened on the 23rd of July and 24th of August 2021, respectively. The games promise to be an event like no other, and a celebration of the Olympic spirit.
In the Pacific region, the AOC are working in partnership with PacificAus Sports to ensure Pacific teams and athletes will be able to train and compete in qualification events, giving them the greatest opportunity to realise their Olympic and Paralympic dreams.
Our partnership with PacificAus Sports
The Pacific islands has a long standing and proud history as a sporting powerhouse. The region has continued to produce high-achieving athletes spanning a wide range of sports across the Olympic spectrum. Most notable of these in recent history was the Fijian national rugby 7’s team winning the gold medal in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Now, with support from the Australian Government’s PacificAus Sports program, more Pacific teams and athletes will be able to train and compete in qualification events, giving them the greatest opportunity to realise their Olympic and Paralympic dreams.
Through PacificAus Sports, the AOC will support over 170 Olympic and Paralympic athletes from eleven Pacific nations to prepare for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Specifically, the partnership will support an estimated 150 Olympic athletes from the Pacific Island nations of Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu to secure a spot on their respective Olympic Games’ teams. An additional twenty Paralympic athletes will represent Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon Islands, PNG, Kiribati, Samoa and Tonga at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
The AOC looks forward to working with the respective Pacific Olympic committees and their representative body, the Oceania National Olympic Committees, to help coordinate efforts to identify and support athlete’s training and qualification plans.
“The Olympic and Paralympic Games creates opportunity and inspiration for nations across the world. This partnership is not just about backing high performance programs across the Pacific. It also sends a message of resilience to communities throughout the region.”
Matt Carroll, CEO
Australian Olympic Committee
Get in contact with the AOC for more information about the organisation’s activities during Tokyo2020.