The National Olympic Committee Bosnia and Herzegovina (OCBiH) was founded on June 4th 1992. After the founding and the appearance of sportsmen and sportswomen of our country in the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, we received an official recognition from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which made its decision at the session of the Executive Committee in Monaco, on September 24th 1993.
After the establishment and after the international recognition, OCBiH was registered December 8th 2002 into the Ministry of Justice's registry as the primary sports organization, in which National sports federations are joined. With the registration, as well as with the signing of the Lausanne Declaration on Doping in Sport on June 28th 1999, OCBiH was constituted as a Paramount sports body in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
OCBiH, as a member of the International Olympic Committee, is required to respect the rules of the Olympic Charter, IOC Statues, IOC Code of Ethics, World Anti-Doping Code, Law on Associations and Foundations of BiH and Law on sport of BiH.
OCBIH has successfully finalized two Erasmus + Sport projects: ‘’How to Lead a Sport Club to a Successful Future – SportGO’’ specifically tackling the issues of good governance in grassroot sport clubs and ‘’Athletes Learning Entrepreneurship – a New Type of Dual Career Approach – AtLETyC’’, resulting in an online training programme in Entrepreneurship designed for elite athletes, where as a part of a course, modules on strategic management, change management and public affairs were covered. As such, OCBIH is the first sport organisation in BiH to tackle the issues of grassroot sport and dual career of athletes. Currently OCBIH is implementing additional two Erasmus + Sport projects, ELIT-in - “Integration of elite athletes into the labour market through the valorization of their transversal competences”, and “Athletes Becoming Social Entrepreneurs! Developing a Gamification Based Social Entrepreneurship Training Program for Athletes – SENTA”, both dealing with dual career of athletes, which will certainly strengthen the relations between OCBIH and one of the most significant stakeholder groups, namely athletes.
In addition to Erasmus + Sport projects, OCBIH currently implements two projects of IPA Cross-border cooperation programmes one in partnership with Serbia entitled “Social Integration through parasport – PARAINSPIRED”, dealing with athletes with disability, and “Museum stories”, which will once again promote the story of Olympic city of Sarajevo and an Olympic Museum as a part of OCBIH.
OCBiH's work covers the segments of sports, international relations, marketing, arts and culture administration and finances, and is fully diverse in its work with different stakeholders, from athletes, coaches, international and domestic sport organisations, sport federations and clubs, sponsors, media and society in general. As the only sport organisation at the national level, it covers not just the local sport community, but as well community at the national level. Its impact is widely known not just in the country, but the region, Europe and the world. Constantly struggling with changes, as a very small but effective umbrella sport body it depends on good leadership, wise governance, and diversification of employee skills in tackling a great number of stakeholders and their needs.
OCBiH as a member of the IOC is obliged in its work to respect the rules of the Olympic Charter, the IOC Statute, the IOC Code of Ethics, the World Anti-doping Code, the Joint Lausanne Declaration, the Law on Associations and Foundations of BiH, and the Sports Act Bosnia and Herzegovina.
OCBiH with its activities contributes to the strengthening of the reputation of the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the world, and through sports, sports bodies and sports organizations. OCBiH in accordance with the BiH Law on Sports, the IOC Statute and the regulations of the IOC brings its program of activities to determine:
- the expansion and affirmation of the principles of the Olympic Movement and ethical norms in sport;
- care and protection of symbols and marks the IOC in BiH;
- presentation of the sport of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the International Olympic Committee and relevant international sports associations;
- organization and management of the activities of performances of BiH athletes at the Olympic Games and other official international competitions organized by the IOC;
- encouraging, monitoring and improving sports in BiH;
- participation in the realization of the sports development policy in BiH;
- proposing a program of public interest in sports;
- participation in the drafting of the Strategy;
- harmonization of the activities of sports associations of BiH in the implementation of the Strategy, as well as other issues of importance for the development and improvement of Olympic sports in BiH.