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42nd EOC GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN ROME
On November 22nd, the 42nd General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees was held in the Italian Capital, Rome. On this occasion, elections took place to choose the new Executive Committee of the EOC until 2017.
Patrick J. Hickey, IOC EB Member and ANOC Senior Vice-President, was reelected as President of the EOC for a third term by acclamation.
Composition of the new EOC Executive Board 2014-2017
Mr. Alejandro BLANCO, Spain
Mr. Spyros CAPRALOS, Greece
Mr. Frantisek CHMELAR, Slovakia
Lord Sebastian COE, Great Britain
Mr. Alexander KOZLOVSKY, Russian Federation
Mr. Andrzej KRASNICKI, Poland
Mr. Zlatko MATEŠA, Croatia
Mr. Niels NYGAARD, Denmark
Mr. Marc THEISEN, Luxembourg
Mr. Michael VESPER, Germany
Mr. Efraim (Ziggy) ZINGER, Israel
Mrs Gunilla LINDBERG, Sweden (ANOC Secretary General, ex-officio Member)
Mr Jean-Michel SAIVE; Belgium (Athletes Representative, ex-officio Member)
ANOC President H. E. Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al-Sabah participated to the event as well as ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti and SportAccord President Marius Vizer. The Rome Assembly also brought together three former EOC Presidents, Franco Carraro, Jacques Rogge, and Mario Pescante, today Honorary Presidents. The Opening Ceremony was marked by a particularly moving moment with the posthumous presentation of the Order of Merit to Olafur Rafnsson, the recently deceased President of the NOC of Iceland.
On November 23rd, the participants at the 42nd General Assembly of the EOC were received by Pope Francis at a private audience held in the Vatican's Sala Clementina. Pope Francis greeted the leaders of the Olympic Family of Europe and called upon them to promote human and religious values at all and every level, values that are fundamental to a just and equitable society, and combine the educational roles of the Church and sport so as to teach athletes the moral values these two institutions share. On this occasion the EOC made a donation to the Church, for charitable purposes, and the President of the IOC awarded Pope Francis the Order of Merit.
WOMEN AND SPORT FORUM FOR AFRICA AND ASIA
The first Afro-Asian Women and Sport Forum ended on 20 November in Kuwait City. Organised jointly by the IOC, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), this Forum brought together 98 African and Asian NOCs, as well as delegates from United Nations agencies, NGOs, the IOC, OCA, ANOCA and national and continental associations.
The participants included the Presidents of the OCA and ANOCA, respectively IOC member and ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah and IOC honorary member Lassana Palenfo; the Chairwoman of the IOC Women and Sport Commission, Anita L. DeFrantz; and IOC members Nawal El Moutawakel, Gunilla Lindberg, Claudia Bokel and Kirsty Coventry. An action plan was drafted, reaffirming the delegates' determination to include female representatives within all committees; to closely follow and promote women's participation in sport on every level; and to organise such a Forum every two years.
ASSOCIATION OF NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES OF AFRICA
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NOCS TAKING PART IN THE THIRD OPEN DAYS EVENT OF RIO 2016
Delegates from 13 National Olympic Committees participated in Rio 2016's third NOC Open Days. NOC Representatives from Belgium, Canada, Congo, the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden and the Netherlands joined the Rio Organizing Committee for the event.
Mario Cilenti, Rio 2016's Olympic Village and NOC Relations and Services Director, led this event and underlined that:“The NOCs and, through them, the athletes of the world, are the most important participants in the Games. It is a top priority for the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee to make sure they have the best experience during the Games”.
The purpose of this visit was to discover and learn more about the first Olympic Games in South America and its preparation. Therefore, the Organizing Committee invited all NOCs Representatives to the Olympic Park, the Olympic Village or Maracanã Stadium. All of them noticed the progress of the project and were really impressed by the legacy plans that the Games will leave. Finally, as Mr. Thews, Chef de Mission of the Luxemburg NOC commented: “These NOC Open Days are very important and I think it's an obligation for NOCs to come and see the reality of the city and understand the small things and get in touch with the people in the Organizing Committee. Rio 2016 has a very motivated team and there is a very good working atmosphere here”.
Source: Rio 2016's website