Other news on the Olympic Movement
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
ANOC President, H.E. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah was awarded the National Order of the Cedar by the Lebanese President, Mr Michel Suleiman, during a ceremony at the presidential Baabda Palace in Beirut in recognition of his contribution to the development of sport in Lebanon and throughout the world.
ANOC PRESIDENT IN INCHEON
ANOC President, H. E. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah was on June 30th 2013 in Incheon for the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.
During his participation to the event, the President of ANOC visited the Athletes' Village as well as the Media Center. At the Village, he met a young girl from the Republic of Korea before having lunch in the Athlete's Cafeteria and finished his visit with a Press Conference.
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ANOC President in Myanmar
On February 2013, ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al-Sabah, visited the NOC of Myanmar and had successful meetings with the representatives of the NOC.
and President of Myanmar Olympic Committee, H. E. U Tint Hsan
On January 23th 2013, Gunilla Lindberg, ANOC Secretary General, met at ANOC Office in Lausanne Melitón Sánchez Rivas, IOC Member from Panama as well as Javier Filemón Tejeira Pulido, Director General of PANDEPORTES (Panamanian Institute of Sports). During this encounter, they discussed about the situation of Sport in Panama and the progresses that have been made over the past months.
National Olympic Committee of Ecuador
The autonomy of the Ecuadorian NOC has been restored amicably. At the time of the ANOC meeting in Moscow in April, the NOC had raised the issue that its autonomy was being indirectly affected by Sports Ministry interference in the activities of the National Sports Federations. On 12 April 2012, the Sports Ministry decided not to recognise the elections conducted in 40 Sports Federations and to appoint three administrators to manage these federations and organise new elections within 90 days.
In order to resolve this situation, the IOC organised a meeting with the Sports Minister and the NOC in Lausanne on 10 May 2012. This meeting was extremely constructive and led to an agreement in principle between all the parties, respecting both the fundamental principles of the Olympic Movement and the country's legislation. This agreement has since been formalised and signed by all the parties concerned.
ANOC would like to thank the IOC and all the other parties concerned for their swift action, which has resulted in the amicable resolution of this issue.
Nomination of H.E. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah as Olympic Solidarity President
During the recent IOC Executive Board Meeting in Québec City, Canada, H. E. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah was ratified as Olympic Solidarity President. From now, he will hold concurrently his functions in ANOC and Olympic Solidarity that his predecessor, Don Mario Vázquez Raña, presided during many years before his resignation in March 2012.