POSTED: December 28th 2014

OCA President Al Sabah: Olympic Council of Asia Looks Forward to 2015

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) As the 2014 year comes to an end, Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah issued a statement and confirms that the organization continues to look forward in developing and promoting the Olympic Movement in Asia. The OCA doesn't want to relax and reflect on their achievements accomplished in 2014, like the 17th Asian Games in Inchoen, Korea, but they want to grow.

Providing the best conditions for their athletes to compete to the best of their abilities, is just one of their focuses. Every successful athlete has a support team working behind the scenes, which include the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and the Asian and International Sports Federations.

Work has already begun for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and for the OCA Asian athletes to reach the top, the athletes work will intensify as the Olympics grow closer. 

Everyone has a part in supporting the athletes, whether its the skilled coaching, systematic training, or medical and nutritional matters, along with the NOC's important role of administration and coordination. This is primarily relevant to the Olympic Solidarity, which makes funds available for all NOCs, either large or small, making a huge impact to all parts of their work.

The development of the NOCs, and athletes, is made possible, mainly by athlete scholarships, coaching funds and administrative courses, along with expanding communications. The OCA urges all 45 NOCs to make the most of these great resources in the new year.

Even though the next multi-sport games for the OCA will not take place until 2016, the OCA calendar, for the 5th Asian Beach Games in Vietnam, is jammed packed with courses, meetings, and events.

The 2015 calendar has two highlights, the 28th South East Asian (SEA) Games from June 5-16 in Singapore, and the 128th International Olympic Committee (IOC) from July 30-August 3 in Kuala Lumpur.

Singapore will host the regional sports extravaganza, for the fourth time, and will be even more significant to the republic with the celebration of its 50th year of independence. The 28th SEA Games will give Singapore a chance to display their new sports facilities and showcase the local sports authorities drive to make the republic a global sports hub.

While the 128th IOC Session in Malaysia will be announcing the 2022 Olympic Winter Games host city, which is between Beijing, China and Almaty, Kazakhstan, no matter which is chosen, Asia will host three consecutive Olympic Games. Beginning in PyeongChang, South Korea with the 2018 Winter Olympics, then on to Tokyo, Japan for the 2020 Summer Olympics, and ending with the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The influence and reputation of Asia continues to grow within the global Olympic Movement and it will continue to build upon itself far into 2015.

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