The Olympic Committees of Brazil (BOC) and Panama (POC) signed this Friday, the 4th, in Rio de Janeiro, a cooperation agreement to promote sports exchanges and other actions to exchange mutual information to strengthen the relationship between the two countries. The document was signed by the chairs of the BOC, Paulo Wanderley, and the POC, Damaris Young.
"This important agreement will make it possible for athletes from Panama to come and train in Brazil and, eventually, some athletes from Brazil may benefit from the structure of Panama's Olympic sport. We will encourage and promote exchanges in a planned manner to benefit the athletes. Our countries are fully committed to supporting the development of the Olympic Movement and all the positive values that sport carries", said BOC chair Paulo Wanderley.
The cooperation agreement between Brazil and Panama will last for four years and may be automatically extended for the same period. In addition to the sports exchange, the two parties committed to promoting training courses related to sports for athletes, coaches, managers, and scientists, such as Doping Education and Prevention and Tackling Harassment and Abuse in Sports, among others.
"I would like to thank the BOC for all the hospitality and the way I was received in Brazil. For the Panama Olympic Committee, it is a privilege to be here today. Our goal is that this agreement may be put into practice to benefit the athletes of both countries. We are confident that we can offer important conditions to Brazilian athletes. Thank you very much for everything. Brazil is already in my heart", said the POC chair Damaris Young.
After the signing of the document, the BOC already began to put into practice the exchange of information by presenting to the chair of the POC some of its most strategic areas and projects, such as the Brazilian Olympic Institute, Olympic Culture and Values, the Ethical Management and Transparency Program, Sports Development, and Youth Games.
The chair of the Panama Olympic Committee also had the opportunity to get to know the structure of the BOC Training Center in the Maria Lenk Water Park and showed great interest in the work of the Olympic Laboratory of the entity.