The British Olympic Association (BOA) and the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to identify areas of mutual cooperation and strategic partnership ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

The agreement between the host National Olympic Committees for the 2012 Olympic Games and 2010 Olympic Winter Games was signed at the BOA Headquarters in London by BOA Chairman Colin Moynihan and COC President Marcel Aubut.

The Memorandum is designed to mutually benefit sports and aspiring Olympic athletes from both countries and the two organisations will cooperate in the development of excellence in sport performance and Olympic preparation.

Through the MoU the National Olympic Committees will share information and best practices in a range of areas including:

• The national sporting landscape in their respective territories and information about facilities, training conditions, venues and other key information about sport performance.

• Preparations for the London 2012 Olympic Games and future Olympic Winter Games.

• Assisting each other through the establishment of strategic partnerships and operational assistance between the countries sport National Governing Bodies (NGBs).

• Supporting the development of the Olympic Movement, the preservation of the peace-promoting mission, and the moral and ethical values of sports. Communicate and co-operate in the consistent application of the principles of fair play at all levels of sports activities and condemn any kind of discrimination.

BOA Chairman Colin Moynihan said:
“Today’s MoU signing reflects our shared commitment to the enhancing of the global Olympic Movement and demonstrates the strong spirit of collaboration and partnership we enjoy with our Canadian counterparts.”

“Vancouver and British Columbia staged an outstandingly successful Olympic Winter Games last year and I am delighted that, through the signing of this MoU, we will have the opportunity to share in their knowledge and learn from their experience in the role of host National Olympic Committee.

“As a leading winter sport nation, this agreement also represents an excellent opportunity for some of our winter National Governing Bodies to advance through the development of a strategic partnership with their Canadian counterparts.

COC President Marcel Aubut said:
“We are honoured by this important partnership with such an experienced, prestigious and prominent National Olympic Committee. As we look ahead to celebrating an amazing Games in London in 2012, our agreement provides additional opportunities for our athletes and our National Sport Federations to share experiences and strengthen relationships, on both sides of the Atlantic. On a personal note, it is wonderful to partner with such an outstanding leader like Colin and I look forward to our mutual collaboration in the months and years ahead.”