POSTED: June 8th 2012

ANOC: Sheikh Al-Sabah nominated Olympic Solidarity head, Ecuadorian NOC restores autonomy

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June 8 – Following the recent IOC Executive Board Meeting in Québec City, Canada the head of ANOC Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah was also ratified as head of Olympic Solidarity President.

His predecessor, Mario Vázquez Raña, resigned the post in March of this year and in 1981 together with former IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch set up the Olympic Solidarity Commission.

Ecuador NOC autonomy restored

The Ecuadorian  National Olympic Committee (NOC) has had its autonomy reinstated following domestic issues whereby the Sports Ministry interfered in the activities of the National Sports Federations.

On 12 April 2012, the Sports Ministry decided not to recognise the elections conducted in 40 Sports Federations and on their own initiative appointed three administrators to manage these federations and organise new elections within 90 days.

The incidence was raised at the ANOC General Assembly requesting IOC intervention. The IOC responded immediately by writing to the Head of State and the Sports Ministry, and by sending a circular letter to all IFs, condemning this interference. Then a meeting with the Sports Minister and the NOC was organized in Lausanne on 10 May 2012 and an amicable agreement was formalized and consequently signed by all concerned parties.

Keywords · ANOC · Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah · Ecuadorian NOC

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