Rigid agreement signed between MOC and KMS

Friday, January 7, 2011, 9:18

by Sandro Micallef

During the same day when the MOC’s  President Judge Lino Farrugia Sacco gave a presentation to the local media about his personal review of 2010 and his personal expectations for 2011, a written contractual agreement between the MOC and the KMS was signed later in the afternoon this site has learnt.

This agreement involves the stipulated amount of financial assistance to be given to the MOC – Maltese Olympic Committee – by the Government through it’s official sports council the KMS –Kunsill Malti ghall-iSport. The agreement which has been bouncing back from one side to another for the past months with suggested amendments from both entities binds the MOC to present all necessary documentation such as invoices, receipts and other sort of paperwork related to the Olympic Committee’s spending.

The KMS will give the following financial injection in 2011 to the MOC in a year when the Games of the Small States of Europe will be held in June.

  • Direct Financial assistance allocated all to Associations and Federations: €248.500
  • Direct Financial assistance for the 2011 participation in GSSE: €120,000
  • Subsidy for the MOC’s offices rental: €1,1165
  • Financial contribution for use of the Sports Laboratory: €2,069
  • 75 Fitness Centre (Gym) memberships amounting to: €17,470

The Kunsill Malti ghall-iSport also help the MOC by paying the wages of two full timers and a part-timer amounting to circa €50,160.

In the meantime during his Presentation, MOC President Farrugia Sacco said that 2010 was yet another busy year for the MOC with the participation in the Youth Olympic Games, Commenwealth Games and the Friendship games.

He gave an account of the Olympic Solidarity Scholarship scheme that is being funded by the IOC through which five Maltese athletes are benefiting. These are Jason John Aquilina, William Chetcuti, and Clive Farrugia (shooting), together with Marcon Bezzina and Maya Podesta of Judo and Sailing respectively. These are being granted USD1,000 per month per athlete.

Farrugia Sacco then gave details about the forthcoming edition of the 2011 GSSE (Games of the Small States of Europe) whereby athletes and disciplines to take part will onlu be revealed by end February of mid March.

The disciplines to be organized in the Liechtenstein edition will be the following:

Athletics, Cycling/Mountain bike, Judo, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball/Beach Volley. This edition will see the very first participation of a new country namely Montenegro.

Mark Cutajar Sports Director within the MOC assured everyone that all efforts are being done and that all athletes are being monitored to avoid the injury upset of last GSSE edition where Team Malta has an endless list of injuries. Referring to Marcon Bezzina Malta’s top Judoka he said that she has almost recovered from her knee operation rehabilitation. Cutajar insisted that no athlete will be in the final athlete’s list if he or she would not obtain the established MQS.

At the end of the Media Breakfast the MOC gave recognition to former Media.link Communications Sports editor Manuel Gauci for his sterling contribution in reporting local Sports. Mr. Gauci commenced his sports journalism career in 1969 and had always a healthy relationship with the Maltese Olympic Movement.

Manuel Gauci being presented with a token by MOC President Farrugia Sacco

Manuel Gauci being presented with a token by MOC President Farrugia Sacco

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