USOC links up with Brazil

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The Comitê Olímpico Brasileiro (COB) and the US Olympic Committee (USOC) have announced the establishment of a bilateral agreement designed to create greater understanding between the two entities based on principles of friendship and respect.

The agreement was finalized during the October 2010 XVII General Assembly of the Association of the National Olympic Committees (ANOC) in Acapulco, Mexico, and signed by COB president Carlos Nuzman and USOC chairman Larry Probst. Through the bilateral agreement, the COB and USOC will: Develop a plan for athlete exchanges and training camps in their respective countries. Provide Brazilian athletes with preferential access to US Olympic Training Centers. Provide an opportunity for information and knowledge transfer in the ongoing development of youth, junior and senior high performance, coaching, education and certification. Jointly develop a plan for sharing best practices with an emphasis on strategic planning, organisational management and technical development, as well as high performance planning. Develop plans for the USOC to support the COB in preparations for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. Develop a programme for sharing best practices in designing, building, operating and managing modern Olympic Training Centers. Develop a programme for sharing best practices in developing international sport leaders. "We are delighted to sign this cooperation agreement, which strengthens the good relationship always maintained between the Brazilian Olympic Committee and the USOC, " Nuzman said. "I am certain the Brazilian and US athletes will benefit greatly from it. We are in the beginning of our journey to 2016, and with this agreement, we will be able to better assist the technical preparation of the athletes of both countries. "Probst added: " This agreement is evidence that the Olympic Movement and the advancement of values like friendship and respect transcend cultures and competitions. Just a little more than one year ago, the USOC and the COB were engaged in a spirited competition for the honor of hosting the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Rather than create rivalry, that competition helped establish some very positive, meaningful relationships. This pact formalises the close ties that we have developed with our friends in the COB, and for me, reinforces the importance of the USOC's full participation in the international Olympic Movement. "

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