EOC General Assembly gets underway in Rome
LAURA WALDEN in ROME / Sports Features Communications
December 7 - The 41st European Olympic Committees (EOC) General Assembly is taking place in Rome, Italy at the headquarters and has a stacked agenda this afternoon and over the next day.
EOC President Patrick Hickey opened the meeting with a tribute to London 2012 Games chief Seb Coe and an update on the improving relations between ANOC with the EOC.
There will be updates tomorrow on all three upcoming Games Sochi 2014, Rio 2016, and PyeongChang 2018.
A tribute was given to Ephraim Zinger and Zvi Varshaviak, Secretary General and President of the Israel NOC, for all their work in preparing the meeting in Eilat, it was a shame that the meeting had to be moved away at the last minute.
EOC Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi gave his report and noted there were 85 medal winning countries in London 2012 and he looks ahead to possibly 100 for Rio 2016.
Mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, spoke of the unfortunate lack of government support for the Rome 2020 bid and assures that the city will be back at some point to rebid. They are not giving up.
ANOC Secretary General, Gunilla Lindberg, updated the assembly on the progress by the organization since the changeover of leadership in April of 2012.
She also spoke of the NOC questionnaire and the excellent feedback that came in after London 2012 that will be useful for the organization of future Games.
Key points Lindberg raised for improvements:
- Qualifications systems
- Tripartite system
- Olympic Village – allotments
- Offices and medical spaces
- Opening ceremony with more attention to the athletes.
IOC head of Olympic Solidarity, Pere Miro, informed everyone that for the quadriunnium 2013-2016 Solidarity will allocate over 91 million dollars back to the European Movement.
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