ANOC Secretary General addresses EOC General Assembly

The European Olympic Committees hosted their 51st General Assembly in the city of Skopje, North Macedonia on 10-11 June. The EOC President, Mr. Spyros Capralos, welcomed the EOC NOCs and IOC President Thomas Bach was in attendance and addressed delegates on the first day of the General Assembly. Both President Bach and IOC Member and National Olympic Committee of Ukraine President Sergii Bubka spoke of the solidarity efforts to the Ukrainian Olympic.

The EOC General Assembly featured a series of key reports including from the organisation’s leadership, the EOC Commissions, and organisers of the EOC’s upcoming sports events, most notably the European Games 2023 in Poland. The Organising Committee of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and Milano-Cortina 2026, and the Olympic Games Paris 2024, also presented updates, whilst a report was delivered by WADA.

ANOC Secretary General Gunilla Lindberg addressed the National Olympic Committees of Europe during the meeting. Ms Lindberg’s report covered a range of key areas, including an update to NOCs on the award of the 2023 ANOC World Beach Games and XXVII ANOC General Assembly to Bali, Indonesia. The presentation also included details of NOC feedback and recommendations following Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022, the ANOC NOC Digital library, upcoming ANOC meetings and events, and progress with ANOC’s sustainability initiatives. Later in the day, the EOC General Assembly unanimously re-elected Andrzej Krasnicki as an ANOC Executive Council member.

“It has been a busy first half of the year for ANOC and the EOC General Assembly allowed us to update Europe’s NOCs on our activities, and importantly the new opportunities and services that are available to them. Congratulations to the EOC and President Capralos on a successful General Assembly. And congratulations to Andrzej, whose unanimous re-election reflects the excellent work he is doing for the Olympic Movement.”

Ms Lindberg was presented with the European Olympic Committees (EOC) Order of Merit, which is the EOC’s most prestigious award. It was created in 1995 to recognise individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Olympic Movement through spreading the Olympic values and promoting cooperation between NOCs. Read more here.

In his closing remarks to the General Assembly, EOC President and ANOC Vice President Spyros Capralos said, “In his closing remarks, EOC President Spyros Capralos said, “We have covered a range of topics, setting a clear route forward for the EOC. And as we continue to work towards key milestones, such as the European Games and Paris 2024, I hope you feel energised by what we have learnt here in Skopje.”

On the evening of 10 June, NOCs attended a Gala Dinner organised by the Olympic Committee of North Macedonia. Celebrating the NOCs 30th anniversary, delegates enjoyed an evening of both opera and traditional music at the National Opera and Ballet. Former NOC President Vasil Tupurkovski was presented with a commemorative gift by EOC President Spyros Capralos to mark the occasion.

During the Gala Dinner, Slovenian ski jumper Nika Prevc was announced as the winner of the 7th Winter Edition of the Piotr Nurowski Prize for the Best European Young Athlete, following a vote amongst NOCs during the first day of the General Assembly.

The 52nd EOC General Assembly will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, in October 2023.

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