WHO & ONOC Join Efforts to Motivate Physical Activity

April 16, 2014 – History is repeating itself. “In the late 1800s, de Coubertin worried that youth in his native France were turning away from physical activity.

As such, the Olympic Movement was born.

Today, the same problem in the growing rate of youth obesity through the world. Recommendation #51 from the IOC Session in Copenhagen 2009 states that, “everyone involved in the Olympic Movement must become more aware of the fundamental importance of physical activity and sport for a healthy life style, not least in the growing battle against obesity, and must reach out to parents and schools as part of a strategy to counter the rising inactivity of young people”.

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Third EOC Coordination Commission delivers positive outlook on Baku 2015 progress

Baku; 04 April 2014: The third EOC Coordination Commission for the inaugural European Games concluded in Baku with EOC President Patrick Hickey and Coordination Commission chairman Spyros Capralos praising the innovation driving Baku 2015's hosting concept.

The two-day visit by the EOC's 16-member Commission coincided with the announcement that visually-impaired judo would be included as a medal discipline at Baku 2015. EOC President Patrick Hickey warmly welcomed the announcement that means Baku 2015 will break new ground as the first continental Games to fully integrate a para-sport discipline into its Sports Programme.

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Message from ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah

Having completed three days of successful meetings in Kuwait, I would like to thank all my colleagues from the International Olympic Committee, the Association of National Olympic Committees, Olympic Solidarity, the Olympic Council of Asia and the International Federations for their participation and their active contributions to the development of ANOC for the benefit of the entire Olympic Movement.

The meetings were highly productive and generated innovative ideas and concepts which will be developed in coordination with the IOC, before being presented to the General Assembly in Bangkok in November. The General Assembly will coincide with the first ever ANOC Gala Awards, which will also be held in Bangkok and provide an excellent opportunity to honour and celebrate Olympism worldwide. We have no doubt that the National Olympic Committee of Thailand will do an excellent job in hosting these events.

We wish the IOC Executive Board, under the leadership of IOC President Bach, and the SportAccord Convention, under the leadership of SportAccord President, Marius Vizer, great success in their meetings in Belek, Turkey, next week. I am sure that the outcome of both important events will benefit our sports, the Olympic Movement and especially our beloved athletes.

We are committed to the modernisation of ANOC and providing the very best environment for all athletes competing in sports within and outside the Olympic Programme, whilst maintaining the uniqueness, value and priority of the Olympic Games at all times.

We are in final negotiations with SportAccord in regards to the concept of the World Beach Games, and we will cooperate closely with the IOC to ensure that this new event serves the interests of the NOCs, IFs and athletes, and adds genuine value to the sports calendar. In this spirit of cooperation, we will create joint Commissions and Working Groups who will be responsible for reviewing and implementing this important project.



Lausanne; 04 April 2014: The Association of National Olympic Committees President, Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al-Sabah, has today joined the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in calling for the world's NOCs to celebrate the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

This year is the first year that the United Nations (UN) and its Member States will officially celebrate the International Day. As a Permanent Observer to the UN, the IOC has strongly supported the initiative, whose values it believes are closely aligned to those of its own flagship event, The Olympic Day.

The IOC has called on all the members of the Olympic Movement to take part in the celebrations on 6 April by “demonstrating the social impacts that sport, from grass roots practice to elite competition, has on our communities and their well-being every day.”

Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al-Sabah said:
“The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace provides an excellent opportunity to recognise and celebrate sport's universal power to unite people and assist in the development of humankind.

“Just last month at the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, we saw how sport can build bridges and encourage social inclusion. We want to harness this power and actively contribute to the development of sport worldwide.

“This is a digital age: sport faces greater competition than ever before and sedentary lifestyles are becoming increasingly prevalent. So it is imperative that ANOC supports all 204 National Olympic Committees in developing sport within their countries. With the unparalleled power of sport and the Olympic Movement, together we can build a healthier, happier and more harmonious global community.”


Hellenic Olympic Committee

Hellenic Olympic Committee

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ANOC Executive Council hears initial conclusions and strategic plans from Commissions and Working Groups as President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al-Sabah reiterates ambitious vision

Kuwait; 31 March 2014: The Chairpersons of the nine Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Commissions and Working Groups today presented their initial conclusions and strategic plans to the ANOC Executive Council in Kuwait, as three days of intensive and highly constructive meetings came to a close.

Speaking at a press conference at the Olympic Council of Asia's new headquarters in Kuwait City, the ANOC President, Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al-Sabah, spoke of his pride at the progress already made by the Commissions and Working Groups, and his optimism that they can add fresh momentum to the organisation's rapid development.

“These very successful first meetings have provided an excellent roadmap and I was really proud hearing the reports today. Everyone was very professional and I am sure that we made the right choices when we were selecting our experts. We have achieved a great deal in the last two years, and with these specialists guiding us I am sure that what we promised at the General Assembly in Moscow in 2012, we will deliver in Bangkok later this year.”

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IOC President and ANOC President

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ANOC Executive Council