About Us

About the Czech Olympic Committee

The Czech Olympic Committee (COC) was founded on 18 May 1899 with the aim to develop, promote and protect the Olympic movement and its ideals and to ensure the participation of national team athletes in Olympic events. COC operates nationally and internationally in accordance with the Olympic Charter and the applicable laws of the Czech Republic as an association under Act No. 89/2012 Coll. (Civil Code).

In its structures, COC unites sports federations, associations, and other similar physical education and sports entities of the Czech Republic. It promote the basic principles and values of Olympism. By virtue of its recognition by the International Olympic Committee, it is the only body authorised to manage the Olympic movement in the Czech Republic, to use certain Olympic symbols and to grant approval to their use by other entities.

In its projects, events and activities, COC promotes sport as a lifestyle and endeavours to make it accessible to all. It strives to contribute to building a stronger civil society and strengthen social cohesion, including by promoting the Olympic values of fair play, friendship, pride, joy, effort and respect. Its activities extend also beyond sport to connect it with culture, science and the arts. COC represents the interests of the Czech sports movement within the international Olympic movement and undertakes public service activities to support its members at national and international level.

What we do

The portfolio of COC’s activities is based on the competencies outlined in the Statutes and covers different topics, types of activities and levels.

Ensuring the participation of the Czech Olympic Team in international sporting events is a key task of the COC. It strives to provide the Czech Olympic Team with the best possible conditions for preparation and participation not only at the Olympic Games, but also at the Youth Olympic Games (summer and winter), European Youth Olympic Festivals (summer and winter), European Games, World Beach Games and World Games (for non-Olympic sports).

In order to promote physical activity and a healthy lifestyle on the one hand, and to enable the development of elite sport on the other, COC implements a number of projects and events.

  • Through the Olympic Festivals, the T-Mobile Olympic Run, the European Week of Sport or the Sazka Olympic School Sport Programme and other related activities, COC is trying to motivate the general public and especially children and young people to be active and take part in sport.
  • The National Youth Sport Festival or the Versatility Badge Finals contribute to the development of top-level youth sport by giving young athletes the opportunity to compete against their peers at regional and national levels in an atmosphere reminiscent of major sporting events at international level.
  • Finally, in order to enable children from disadvantaged backgrounds to play sports regularly, join a sports club or meet their sporting role models, the Czech Olympic Foundation raises funds and organises a range of activities, including providing direct financial support to the children concerned. The Dana and Emil Zátopek Foundation then supports and develops the orientation of Czech youth towards active sports activities, especially athletics.

Providing quality training and educational opportunities is another important responsibility of the COC. The Czech Coaches Academy, the Dual Career Project or the Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Sports Diplomacy aim to contribute to increasing the knowledge and skills of the respective target groups (coaches, end-of-career athletes, sports officials, etc.). Another core activity of the COC is the study, research and the provision of information on the Czech and international Olympic movement, which is ensured by the Czech Olympic Academy and the Olympic Study and Information Centre (OSIC). COC considers all this an Olympic heritage that it wants to proudly build and protect.

All COC’s activities are based on high-quality external communication. Within social media, this concerns mainly the activities of COC Media House, including czechteam.tv

Last but not least, the Czech Olympic Committee is also very active at international level. The Czech House project plays a pivotal role in promoting Czech culture, industry and sport at the location where the Olympic Games take place. European projects co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union help the COC to improve its activities and promote the organisation internationally, and its sports diplomacy initiatives aim to support the representation of Czech sport in international sports organisations. For more information, see the Projects page.

MEMBERS of the NOC Executive

PRESIDENT

  • Jiří KEJVAL

VICE PRESIDENTS

  • Zdenek HANIK
  • Milan HNILICKA
  • Roman KUMPOST
  • Filip SUMAN
  • Libor VARHANIK

SECRETARY GENERAL

  • Petr GRACLIK

HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

  • Veronika ZEMANOVA (zemanova@olympic.cz)

Czech Olympic Committee’s representatives in international sport organisations

Jiri KEJVAL

  • IOC member
  • IOC Marketing Commission - Chair
  • IOC Television and Marketing Services - Chair of Board of Directors
  • ANOC Medical Commission - Member
  • WADA Executive Board and Foundation Board - Member

Roman KUMPOST

  • IOC Communication Commission - Member
  • IOC Evaluation Commission for the Olympic Winter Games 2026 - Member
  • ANOC International Relations Commission - Member
  • Roman Kumpost' Profile

Nadezda KNORRE, vice-president of Women Sport International

Tomáš HOUSKA – European Olympic Committees (EOC) Digital and Technology Commission – Vice-Chair

Lucie CHARVATOVA – EOC Athletes’ Commission - Member

Jan EXNER – EOC Legal Commission - Member

Jana JANOTOVA – EOC Sustainability and Active Society Commission – Member, and European Olympic Academies (EOA) Development and Cooperation Commission - Member

Alexander KLIMENT – EOA Communications Commission - Member

Zdeněk ŠKODA – EOA Olympic Heritage Commission - Member

Czech and Czechoslovak Members of the IOC

  • 2018–present Jiri Kejval
  • 1999–2001 and 2004–2012, Jan Železný (member of the Athletes Commission)
  • 1995–2001, Věra Čáslavská
  • 1981–1992, Vladimír Černušák
  • 1965–1981, František Kroutil
  • 1946–1965, Josef Gruss
  • 1943–1984, Jiri Stanislav Guth-Jarkovsky