INTRODUCTION TO ANOC
The Association of the National Olympic Committees (ANOC) was created during the Constitutive General Assembly held on June 26-27, 1979 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, convened as the IX General Assembly of the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and chaired by Mr Mario Vázquez Raña, President of ANOC until April 2012. The first "General Assembly of the NOCs" had taken place in Rome on September 30, October 1st -2nd, 1965. The ANOC headquarters initially based in Paris were transferred in June 2010 to Lausanne, the Olympic Capital also host city of the International Olympic Committee.
ANOC affiliates the NOCs recognized by the International Olympic Committee. There are 204 NOCs to date. The NOCs are members of one of the following five Continental Associations :
• Africa: Association of the National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA)
• America: Pan American Sports Organization (PASO)
• Asia: Olympic Council of Asia (OCA)
• Europe: European Olympic Committees (EOC)
• Oceania: Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC)
The objectives of the Association are to:
• Serve, promote and protect the common and collective interests of the NOCs;
• Collaborate with, and be recognized by, the IOC to advance and promote the goal of the Olympic Movement and its fundamental principles in accordance with the Olympic Charter;
• Collaborate with Olympic Solidarity to advance programs that support and improve the well-being of NOCs and ensure the effective distribution of resources to NOCs;
• Promote in collaboration with the IOC universal principles of good governance within NOCs;
• Recognize and collaborate with the Continental Associations and co-operate with other organizations which form part of the Olympic Movement;
• Discourage and deter all forms of unlawful discrimination, on the grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise;
• Create and confer awards consistent with the objects of the Association;
• Organise any and all kinds of events, functions, festivals and activities;
and do all such other acts and things incidental to the attainment of these objects.
To this effect, scholarships for athletes and coaches, technical courses, and courses for sport administrators all have the common objective of reducing the gap of unequal development among the NOCs and offering opportunities of development for the huge athletic potential existing in developing countries.
ANOC and the NOCs contribute to the dissemination of the Olympic Ideal through the National Olympic Academies and their representatives at the sessions of the International Olympic Academy. ANOC and the NOCs also contribute to developing Sport For All by patronizing, or organizing national events and participating in the international Sport for All Congresses.
The General Assembly of ANOC is the highest governing authority of the Association. General Assembly Meetings are convened as either an Ordinary General Assembly or an Extraordinary General Assembly.
In-between, ANOC is administered by its Executive Council, comprised of:
• the President;
• 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 of ANOC Constitution to be the Senior Vice President;
• 3 members elected for these positions by the General Assembly of ANOCA;
• 3 members elected for these positions by the General Assembly of PASO;
• 3 members elected for these positions by the General Assembly of OCA;
• 3 members elected for these positions by the General Assembly of EOC;
• 2 members elected for these positions by the General Assembly of ONOC;
• 5 additional members, one from each Continent, appointed by the ANOC President in consultation with the ANOC Vice President of 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 Commission, ex officio, as a non-voting member;
• the Chair of the ANOC Juridical 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.