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9 October 2004 ľ PASO Executive Committee meeting
The Executive Committee of the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO) held a meeting on October 7-8, in Mexico City. Among the main decisions :
- A positive assessment of the continent's NOCs participation in the Olympic Games of Athens 2004.
- Debate over a US$ 14 million investment for the next olympic 4-year cycle, split into 3 separate Pan-American Olympic Solidarity programmes aimed at supporting the Olympic Committees of the continent : a Special Programme for the 20 lesser developed NOCs, with US$ 4 million earmarked over the four years ; a Programme aimed at 22 more developed NOCs, but which nevertheless need to improve their results, with a US$ 4 million budget over the same period ; and an extension of the current Programme of Courses and Seminars, which have obtained very good results, and for which the investment will be around US$ 6 million.
- Solidarity action in favour of the NOCs in the Caribbean area which suffered severe destructions from the recent hurricanes. They will receive financial support in order to repair the corresponding damages.
- US Olympic Committee President Peter Ueberroth was appointed Honorary Member of the PASO Executive Committee.
- Preparations for the XV Pan-American Games ôRío-2007ö were considered to be excellent, and the Organizing Committee was congratulated on the very exhaustive report they gave.
- The XLIII PASO General Assembly will be held in Rio de Janeiro in August 2005.

23 August 2004 ľ ANOCA Extra-ordinary General Assembly in Athens
The extra-ordinary General Assembly of the Association of the National Olympic Committees of Africa held in Athens, attended by its 53 member NOCs, elected Accra, Ghana, to host the next ANOCA General ssembly in June 2005.

7th June 2004 - Oceania NOCs' General Secretaries Meeting ľ Suva, Fiji, May 22-26
Over 30 delegates from the 15 National Olympic Committees of Oceania together with representatives from the Oceania Sports Information Centre, the Australia South Pacific 2006 Programme, the Oceania Sports Federation and the Tuvalu Sports Association, attended a series of meetings in Suva, Fiji.
The first day of the meeting involved an extensive review of the region's Solidarity programme, with highlights on various aspects of the programme being presented by selected NOCs. A series of workshops were held during the first two days of the programme, focusing on the outcomes of programmes held to date and recommendations for the Solidarity programme for the forthcoming Olympiad.
Other presentations focused on NOC Legacy programmes. Visits were also made to the proposed venue for the Fiji NOC Sports Museum, the Fiji National Archives and the Fiji Sports Council.
A series of resolutions are being prepared and will be posted on the ONOC website. All participants were pleased with the meeting and resolved to hold more regular meetings of NOC Secretaries General ; the next meeting was scheduled for the New Year in Wellington, New Zealand. (Information provided by Dennis Miller, ONOC).

18th May 2004 - XLII PASO General Assembly
The XLII General Assembly of the PanAmerican Sports Organization (PASO) met in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Mario Vázquez Raña was re-elected, unanimously and by acclamation, as President for the period 2004ľ2008. Otherwise President of ANOC and Chairman of the International Olympic Committee Olympic Solidarity Commission, President Vázquez Raña will celebrate, en 2005, 30 years at the head of the continental organization of sport in America.

The Assembly was held in great spirit of fraternity and cooperation. Besides the election of the PASO Executive Committee, the Assembly approved the new PASO Statutes, heard the final report of the San Domingo PanAmerican Games, the progress report of the ôRío 2007ö XV Pan American Games Organizing Committee, and a presentation by ATHOC of the Athens Olympic Games.

The Assembly acknowledged the extraordinary effort made by PASO through the pan-american as well as world-wide Olympic Solidarity programs, aimed at raising the technical level of human resources in each country, thereby improving and developing the training of athletes in the continent. The implementation of the Special Program, designed to help NOCs in countries where sport is less developped, has generated great expectations in America.

ANOC Secretary General / Treasurer Gunilla Lindberg and Executive Director Gerardo Seeliger attended the sessions of the PASO Assembly.

The next General Assembly of PASO will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the month of August of next year.

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