7th April 2008 ľ Beijing, China - XVI ANOC General Assembly

The XVI General Assembly took place from the 7th to the 9th of April and was inaugurated in the presence of governmental and Olympic authorities of the host country, the President of ANOC and the President of the IOC. The President of ANOC thanked the Government of the People's Republic of China, the Organizing Committee of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad and the Chinese Olympic Committee "for their great support and the excellent conditions provided for a successful XVI General Assembly of the National Olympics Committees". He underlined that "only the closest cooperation between all members of the Olympic Movement as well as the political will of China's Government will make it possible to reach the high objectives sought with the Beijing Olympic Games".

The Assembly approved the reports from the President of ANOC Mr Mario Vázquez Raña, the Secretary General Ms. Gunilla Lindberg, the Treasurer Mr Richard Peterkin, and the Auditor.

The preparations for the Olympic Games in Beijing were of course the main topic on the agenda, and BOCOG made a presentation for half a day on the latest updates for the NOCs. A tour of Olympic venues took place on April 11, which gave the NOCs' representatives the opportunity of visiting the Olympic Green and the Olympic Village.

The Assembly also received information on various topics, in particular the World Anti-Doping Agency and the OCOGs of the Olympic Winter / Summer Games of Vancouver 2010, London 2012 and Sochi 2014, and discussed the role of the NOCs in the XXI century in the midst of the rapid changes affecting all sectors in today's society.

With the aim of promoting the participation of women in Olympic organizations, ANOC had again especially invited three women delegates per continent selected by their Continental Organizations as for the previous XV Assembly in Seoul to participate in ANOC's General Assembly, with Olympic Solidarity's support.

The XVI General Assembly approved the following declaration and Resolutions. The XVII ANOC General Assembly is programmed for 2010 in Acapulco, Mexico.