POSTED: January 3rd 2015

ANOC Chief Sheikh Al-Sabah compounds on the successes of 2014 to kick off the New Year

Sheikh Ahmad was re-elected along with Patrick Hickey as Senior Vice-President for another term leading the NOCs / ANOC
Sheikh Ahmad was re-elected along with Patrick Hickey as Senior Vice-President for another term leading the NOCs / ANOC

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) had a historic  year for 2014, with the XIX ANOC General Assembly held in Bangkok in November being the highlight for an unforgettable year.

ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah issued a New Year message reflecting on 2014 and compounding on the energy for 2015.  

He said, "I was humbled by the NOCs at the General Assembly as I was re-elected as ANOC President for a four-year term. One of my first duties was the honour of hosting the first ANOC Gala Awards Dinner. The evening was a spectacular celebration of NOC diversity and gave us the opportunity to recognise the outstanding achievements of NOCs and their inspiring athletes for the very first time. Some of the very best athletes from London 2012 and Sochi 2014 were in Bangkok to receive their ANOC Awards in front of the world’s top media. The event was broadcast live with a potential reach of 350 million households worldwide reflecting the truly global nature of the event.

"In the months leading up to the ANOC General Assembly we made excellent progress in honouring the commitment I made when I became President in 2012 to reform and modernise our organisation. The creation of our nine Commissions and Working Groups at the end of 2013 ensured that we hit the ground running as we entered into the New Year.

"During the course of 2014 we saw the launch of our new, dynamic ANOC logo; the introduction of a more interactive, user-friendly ANOC website; the creation of new Facebook and Twitter accounts; and we moved into our new headquarters in the Olympic capital, Lausanne.

"We now enter into 2015 stronger and more united than ever on the back of an exceptionally successful year. However, this year is set to be even more exciting, not just for ANOC and the NOCs but for the entire Olympic Movement. 

"In Bangkok, our Commissions and Working Groups presented their action plans which will be implemented throughout 2015 as we look to create a brighter future for our NOCs and their athletes. Washington will host the XX General Assembly at the end of the year and the second ANOC Gala Awards which will look to build on the success of the first edition. Discussions will also continue to advance for the first World Beach Games.

"Under IOC President Thomas Bach’s leadership, ANOC will work with the world’s NOCs to ensure that their voice is heard as the unanimously approved recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020 are implemented. The NOCs have supported President Bach’s initiative from day one and will continue to do so over the coming months and years," he concluded.

ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah says that he looks forward to continuing to work closely with everyone, throughout the 2015 year. 

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