ANOC is the umbrella organisation responsible for protecting and advancing the interests of the world’s National Olympic Committees (NOCs), and for supporting their mission to promote the Olympic Values worldwide. Over the last 35 years, the number of NOCs recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and represented by ANOC has risen to 206.
Each NOC is affiliated to one of five Continental Associations:
- ANOCA - Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa
- EOC - European Olympic Committees
- OCA - Olympic Council of Asia
- ONOC - Oceania National Olympic Committees
- PASO - Pan American Sports Organization
In April 2012, during the XVIII ANOC General Assembly in Moscow, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah was elected as the ANOC President ad interim for a two-year mandate.
Working in collaboration with the ANOC Executive Council Members and in compliance with the new Constitution adopted 15 June 2013, the ANOC President is legally the representative of the Association and the official spokesperson of the Association. The President has all of the powers necessary to carry out the responsibilities of the office of President and shall be responsible to the Executive Council for the management of all the affairs of the Association.
ANOC’s Secretary General, Gunilla Lindberg (Sweden), is responsible for the day to day management and operations of the Association in consultation with the President.
The General Assembly is the supreme governing body of the Association. Under the new Constitution, an Ordinary General Assembly must be held once a year. All 206 NOCs participate in the General Assembly, and the event is also a platform for Olympic stakeholders, especially OCOGs and cities bidding to host the Olympic Games, to address the NOC Family.
Every four years the Ordinary General Assembly includes the elections of the President, the Senior Vice-President, and other members of the Executive Council.
Between General Assemblies, Executive Council Meetings must be held at least twice a year. The Executive Council includes members of the five Continental Associations elected for a four-year term.
The ANOC Executive Council is comprised of:
Five (5) Vice-Presidents, who are each elected for this position by the General Assembly of their continental associations, one of whom is elected in accordance with Rule 13.7 to be the Senior Vice-President;
Three (3) members elected for these positions by the General Assembly of ANOCA;
Three (3) members elected for these positions by the General Assembly of PASO;
Three (3) members elected for these positions by the General Assembly of OCA;
Three (3) members elected for these positions by the General Assembly of EOC;
Two (2) members elected for these positions by the General Assembly of ONOC;
Five (5) additional members, one from each Continental Association, appointed by the ANOC President in consultation with the ANOC Vice-Presidents for each Continent. In appointing these members the President has regard to the skills, competencies, experience, gender balance and diversity of the Executive Council as a whole;
The Secretary General; ex-officio, as a non-voting member;
The Chair of the ANOC Athletes’ Commission, ex officio, as a voting member;
The Chair of the ANOC Finance and Audit Commission, ex officio, as a non-voting member;
The Chair of the ANOC Legal Commission, ex officio, as a non-voting member; and
The Chairs of such other Commissions as the Executive Council decides, who shall be ex officio, non-voting members.