ANOC Press Releases
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.”
Kuwait; 30 March 2014:The Presidents of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) today reinforced their commitment to cooperating closely on Olympic Agenda 2020 for the benefit of the entire Olympic Movement, during a joint press conference held to mark IOC President Thomas Bach's visit to Kuwait ahead of the ANOC Executive Council Meeting.
President Bach's visit to Kuwait is his first to the region since becoming IOC President and comes the day after ANOC held the first meetings of the nine new ANOC Commissions and Working Groups. The specialised taskforces were created to add fresh impetus to ANOC's ongoing process of reform and modernisation at a time when the IOC is calling on all stakeholders within the Olympic Movement to undergo a process of self-analysis and self-evaluation.
Lausanne; 19 March 2014: The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) is welcoming applications from NOCs for its two scholarships to study on the second Master of Sports Administration (MSA) course at the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU) in Sochi.
As part of ANOC's commitment to disseminating best practice amongst its 204 member NOCs, ANOC will allocate two full scholarships – courtesy of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation – to talented individuals currently working within the ANOC family to study on RIOU's second MSA programme, which runs from September 2014 until June 2015.
Lausanne; 17 March 2014: The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) has backed the IOC's call for contributions to Olympic Agenda 2020, with a letter from the ANOC President urging all 204 NOCs to submit their “visions and ideas for the future of the Olympic Movement”, which ANOC will consolidate and present to the IOC before 15 April 2014.
In the letter sent to each of the NOCs, the ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al-Sabah reinforced last week's message from IOC President Thomas Bach, and called for the NOCs to add to the debate on the “five clusters of ideas” that began at the 126th IOC Session in Sochi last month. The NOCs were asked to include ANOC in their communications with the IOC so the Association could collate all their input and deliver it in a single consolidated document to the IOC.
Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al-Sabah said today:
“ANOC and all the NOCs are united behind Olympic Agenda 2020 and fully support President Bach's commitment to making the process as collaborative as possible. The IOC Session in Sochi was highly constructive and now it is the NOCs' turn to add to the debate. “It is critical that all the NOCs – large and small – contribute to guarantee that their interests and those of their athletes are well represented. The Olympic Agenda 2020 will shape the future development of the Olympic Movement and so we want to ensure that the collective voice of the NOCs is well heard.”
Sochi; 24 February 2014: The ANOC President, Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al-Sabah, today echoed IOC President Thomas Bach's assertion that Sochi 2014 was “the Athletes' Games” as he praised Russia's first Olympic Winter Games for making the needs of the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and their athletes priority number one.
Speaking following the Closing Ceremony, Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al-Sabah said:
“Last night's Closing Ceremony was a fitting tribute to what has been an outstanding Games. From the very beginning the athletes' interests have been put at the very heart of Sochi 2014's philosophy. In a Games in which many records were broken, including the record for the largest number of NOCs participating at a Winter Games, it was the athletes' positive experience and assessment of Sochi that was the most valuable success.
Sochi; 18 February 2014: ANOC Secretary General, Gunilla Lindberg, today spoke of ANOC's commitment to disseminating best practice amongst the world's NOC as she met with three international students who were selected by ANOC to receive scholarships to study the Master of Sport Administration (MSA) course at the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU), one of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee's flagship legacy projects.
Evelyn Hopp from the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), Menéndez Jorge Mario Marroquín from Guatemala and Llanga Pathirathnalage Wijeratne from the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka were all selected by ANOC to receive a Vladimir Potanin Scholarship at RIOU.
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Sochi; 17 February 2014: The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) today offered its backing to the newly reinstated Indian Olympic Association (IOA), pledging to support its reintegration to the Olympic Movement and facilitate the full participation of Indian athletes at all Olympic Games, following the ceremony to raise the Indian flag at the Sochi 2014 Mountain Olympic Village yesterday.
The flag-raising ceremony came after Tuesday's decision by the IOC Executive Board to lift the suspension on the IOA. The decision was made after a report on the IOA's recent General Assembly and elections of a new board confirmed that the NOC had fully respected their new constitution and complied with all IOC requirements. It is the first time in Olympic history that the suspension of an NOC has been lifted during an Olympic Games. As well as participating in the raising of the Indian flag at the Olympic Village, Indian athletes will now be allowed to walk behind their national flag at the Closing Ceremony on 23 February.
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07 February 2014; Sochi: More NOCs will compete at Sochi 2014 than at any previous Winter Games, a fact hailed today by the President of the Association of National Olympic Committees [ANOC] and Olympic Solidarity, Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al-Sabah, as evidence of the growing unity and spirit of collaboration among the NOC family.
The national flags of the last seven nations were raised at the Olympic Villages yesterday, and the teams' official welcome concluded the daily ceremonies which began on Sunday 2 February. Dominica, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga and Zimbabwe will all be sending athletes to a Winter Games for the very first time. Sochi 2014 has also set a new benchmark for the number of athletes at a Winter Games, with 3,000 expected to compete for 98 sets of medals – another record high.
Lausanne - 17 December 2013: The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) has announced the appointment of two leading international agencies to support the organisation's ongoing development strategies in 2014: JTA will deliver brand building and global communications services; and MP & Silva will take on the role of media rights advisor and events management agency.
ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al-Sabah said:
“I am delighted at these significant new appointments. ANOC is committed to enhancing the level of support we provide to NOCs all over the world by professionalising every aspect of our organisation. With their wealth of Olympic Movement and sports industry experience, and their genuine best-in-class expertise, I am certain that both of these agencies will make a valuable contribution to our objectives. I look forward to a fruitful partnership in 2014.”