Acting ANOC President delivers keynote address at G20 NOCs Conference

Acting ANOC President Robin Mitchell today delivered a keynote address at the virtual G20 NOCs Conference alongside notable speakers including IOC President Thomas Bach.

The Conference was chaired by the President of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al-Faisal and was attended by around 20 NOCs. Other keynote speakers included Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Director General of WHO,WADA President Witold Banka, IOC Member Princess Reema Bint Bandar, member of the Board of Directors of the Japanese Olympic Committee Momii Keiko, and President of the Italian Olympic Committee Giovanni Malago.

Acting President Mitchell acknowledged the presence of the Continental Associations – Neven Ilic (Panam Sports President), Mustafa Berraf (ANOCA President), Nils Nygaad (EOC Acting President) and Mr Wei Jizhong (OCA Life Vice President) – and NOC Presidents and members of the Olympic family.

Addressing delegates, Acting President Mitchell discussed the impact COVID-19 has had on NOCs’ long-term planning due to reductions in government funding. He stressed the important role sport can play in countries’ recovery stating:

“The IOC and ANOC has made a concerted effort to encourage the 206 National Olympic Committees to work on a national level with their governments to include sport in their post-crisis support programmes and welfare policies. In this regard, National Olympic Committees have a unique opportunity to lead on a critical part of the national dialogue going forward and bring the values of sport to the front of the debate. In doing so, they will contribute to the promotion of the UN sustainable development goals in the most effective way.”

“The roles and responsibilities of the National Olympic Committees have shifted as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic and a change of outlook is needed to adapt to these new realities. I am confident that by keeping our focus on the promotion of the Olympic values at a national level, the National Olympic Committees will be able to weather this turbulent time in our history and emerge stronger than before.”

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