ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad reaffirms commitment to NOCs during General Assembly Opening

15 November 2016; Doha, Qatar: ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah was today joined by IOC President Thomas Bach to address a record-number of delegates during the opening of the ANOC General Assembly, in which he reaffirmed ANOC’s commitment to supporting NOCs for the benefit of the Olympic Movement.

During a productive first day, ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad delivered his report following on from a successful year for NOCs, in which a record number of countries competed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.  There was also an address by IOC President Thomas Bach who praised the success of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and provided an update on Olympic Agenda 2020.  ANOC is 100% committed to the recommendations set out in Olympic Agenda 2020 and continues to support NOCs it its implementation. 

ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said: “We are proud that the stars of our society always come from the Olympic Movement, those stars are our athletes and we will continue to work for those athletes and their respective NOCs to help develop the Olympic Movement and enhance sport’s power in uniting different countries around the world.  In Rio, we saw NOCs winning Olympic medals for the very first time and it was inspiring to see the impact of their success.  We will always work hard for the success of the movement, for the continuing and development of Olympic Agenda 2020, and for a good environment for our athletes.  NOCs are fundamental for this and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure they have the very best resources to fulfil their potential.”

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “The Olympic Games Rio 2016 was an outstanding success. If we compare where we stand in sport with the rest of society, we can really say that, in this disenfranchised world, sport is an anchor of stability that more and more people are looking to and are having confidence in.  We must justify this confidence and remain an anchor of stability.”

The General Assembly is being hosted in Qatar for the first time and there were also formal addresses by H.E. Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani and Qatar Olympic Committee President H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

H.E. Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani said: “This General Assembly comes to reflect the diversity and unity that glues us altogether, and proves that we are all capable of working together to promote mutual understanding, friendship, and respect – to say no to violence and spread sport amongst the youth of the world.”

Qatar Olympic Committee H.E. Sheikh President Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani said: “Our hosting of the ANOC General Assembly in Doha this week highlights just how committed Qatar is to the Olympic Movement. We are a nation passionate about sport and to using the power of sport to facilitate the growth and development of Qatar, and transform the lives of young people in Qatar and around the world. It is an honour for us to unite and celebrate Olympic sport in Qatar through this largest gathering of the Olympic Movement outside the Olympic Games.”

Each of the five Continental Associations – ANOCA, PASO, OCA, EOC and ONOC – delivered their own update reports before the 2024 Olympic Games Candidate Cities officially presented their bids to the Olympic Movement for the very first time. 

ANOC Merit Awards were presented to the President of the Algerian Football Federation and Member of the African Confederation of Football Mohamed Raouraoua, President of the National Olympic Committee of Armenia Gagik Tsarukyan, President of the Bahrain National Olympic Committee H.H: Shaikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa and President of the Georgian National Olympic Committee Leri Khabelov. 

The ANOC Executive Council and ANOC Commission and Working Groups convened yesterday and this evening the third edition of the ANOC Awards took place at the state-of-the-art Qatar National Convention Centre.  The XXI ANOC General Assembly continues tomorrow with reports from each of the ANOC Commissions and Working Groups.

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