International Relations

Engaged thought leaders in global sport


    The USOPC’s International Relations team’s mission is to engage as a trusted and influential leader to advance the interests of athletes and sustainability of sport within the global Olympic and Paralympic movement. The International Relations team achieves this through several principles:

    • Contribute towards creating united and stronger Olympic and Paralympic movements by serving as a fully integrated and engaged global partner.
    • Build strong and effective partnerships with key stakeholders in the Olympic and Paralympic movements including the IOC, IPC, IFs, ANOC, and select continental regions to advance the interests of sport and athletes.
    • Leverage opportunities as a host National Olympic Committee/National Paralympic Committee afforded by the road to the LA28 Games to strengthen our relations contributions, and influence in the Olympic & Paralympic movement.

    To see the impact that the USOPC has made for both athletes and sport, please visit view the 2021 Impact Report

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    The National Governing Body (NGB) Grant Program is a grant program that allocates millions in grants to NGBs and High-Performance Management Organizations every year in support of sport programming. Grants are awarded to National Governing Bodies and administered through Performance Partnership Agreements. For more information on the NGB grant program please email Dragomir Cioroslan, USOPC Director, International Strategies and Development at

    International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Program (ICECP)

    • The International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Program is an intensive coaching education program offered to National Olympic Committees worldwide. It consists of lectures, guest speakers, participant presentations, group work and field trips, including an apprenticeship with a U.S. college or national team.

      The ICECP is conducted in partnership with the University of Delaware and Olympic Solidarity, whose aim is to provide assistance to all National Olympic Committees (NOCs) for athlete development programmes . Since its inception in 2008, the ICECP has reached a total of 457 participants from 125 nations and 39 sports.

      The program is designed to provide national-level coaches the opportunity to develop proficiencies in the following areas:

      o Sport science

      o Talent identification

      o Athlete development

      o Athlete safety

      o Coaching education

      o Coaching management

      o Coaching ethics

      o Grassroots sport development

      For more information, please visit: ICECP website.

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    Games Preparation Regional Forum for the National Olympic Committees of the America’s

    • The Games preparation forum is an opportunity for the regional National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to receive the latest policy updates from the IOC and Paris 2024 organizing committee. The forums allow the IOC to ensure that all NOCs have the information they need to effectively prepare for a successful participation in the Games.

      The Olympic Solidarities NOC Forum was organized by Olympic Solidarity, in collaboration with the IOC's NOC Relations Department, Paris 2024, Panam Sports, and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC). The event was held in held in Houston, Texas on February 22nd -25th and included representatives from 40 NOCs in the Americas region.

    5th America's Best Practices Symposium

    • Photo of delegates attending the America's Best Practices Symposium

      The aim of the Americas Best Practices Symposium is to provide a forum for the NOCs of the Americas to engage in high-level discussions on advancing national sporting excellence through principles that are essential to maximizing the impact of sport The symposium will be conducted over a two-day period and include, as in the past best practice case study presentations, followed by moderated panel discussions, and regional breakout sessions.

      The 5th edition of the ABP symposium will take place on Thursday, 8 December 2023 – Friday, 9 December 2023 in Miami, Florida.

    USOPC International Relations Leadership

    • Gene Sykes Headshot

      Mr. Gene Sykes

      U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, President

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    • Sarah Hirshland Headshot

      Ms. Sarah Hirshland

      U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, Secretary General

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    • Anita DeFrantz Headshot

      Ms. Anita L. DEFRANTZ

      Internatinal Olympic Committee Member

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    • Mr. David HAGGERTY

      International Olympic Committee Member

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    • Ms. Muffy DAVIS

      International Paralympic Committee Executive Board

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    • Allyson Felix

      Ms. Allyson FELIX

      International Olympic Committee Athletes' Commission

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    Meet the International Relations Team

    • Delise O'Meally Headshot

      Delise O'Meally

      Vice President, International Relations

    • Photo of Dragomir Cioroslan

      Dragomir Cioroslan

      Director, International Strategies and Development

    • Abigail Tompkins

      Senior Advisor, Future Events

    • Michelle Hurtado Headshot

      Michelle Hurtado

      Senior Director, Operations and Education

    • Andrew Hyland Headshot

      Andrew Hyland

      Coordinator, International Relations


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