POSTED: October 17th 2011

London 2012 to have first African hospitality house for Games

Scene from the Maputo 2011 All Africa Games / ANOCA
Scene from the Maputo 2011 All Africa Games / ANOCA

General Intendant Lassana Palenfo head of the African continental NOC organization / ANOCA
General Intendant Lassana Palenfo head of the African continental NOC organization / ANOCA

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/LONDON:  The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) together with The Royal Parks have launched a plan today for the first ever ‘Africa House’ to be held at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

All 53 of the national Olympic committees of the African continent will be working together to promote culture, art, and sport in a specially constructed site that will house up to 2,000 visitors at one time.

The African hospitality house will feature the continent’s Olympic athletes every evening to celebrate the day’s medal winners and to meet fans.

ANOCA chief and IOC member, General Intendant Lassana Palenfo, said, "We created Africa House to offer the National Olympic Committees and African athletes a unique opportunity to fully participate in the great Olympic festivities, whatever their means.

“This area will act as an exceptional showcase for our continent, in the eyes of the public at large, the eight million visitors expected during the Games and also decision makers from around the world. A big thank you goes out to The Royal Parks for assisting us in this.

“We are extremely proud that for this world first, Africa House will benefit from being located in such a prestigious environment."

Access to the ‘Africa House’ will be free of charge for visitors.

Mark Camley, head of The Royal Parks, added, "The Royal Parks is excited that Kensington Gardens has been chosen as the ideal location to showcase the African continent for the first time during the Olympics. 

“Up to 53 countries will be represented and visitors from around the world will have a unique opportunity to experience African culture in Kensington Gardens. The Royal Parks is playing a central role in helping to deliver a successful Games and working with Africa House is an important part of this." 

The hospitality house will also be a focal point for hosting receptions for African sports heads, political and economic leaders, media, and sponsors.

Zanine Adams, who is in charge of Event Solutions for London & Partners, the city's official convention bureau said, "We have been delighted to work with the ANOCA to support their Games time plans for the Africa House.

“The village will be a wonderful addition to the array of cultural experiences and NOC Houses which will be opening up across the city next year.

“I'm sure Africa House will be a 'must see' destination for both Londoners and visitors, with an exciting mix of entertainment, culture and food - all making it a very popular experience."

The Olympic Games in London will take place from July 27 to August 12th of next year.

Keywords · ANOCA · The Royal Parks · Lassana Palenfo · Mark Camley · Event Solutions for London & Partners · Zanine Adams

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