POSTED: January 19th 2015

ANOC Executive Council discusses Beach Games and IOC President Bach shows his support

The ANOC Executive Council meeting / ANOC
The ANOC Executive Council meeting / ANOC

IOC President Bach stopped in to greet the Council / ANOC
IOC President Bach stopped in to greet the Council / ANOC

BRITTA WARNER / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The ANOC Executive Council today met for the first time in the organisation’s new headquarters in Lausanne to discuss the roadmap for the year ahead and discuss about the concept of the Beach Games. Guest of honour was IOC President Thomas Bach who attended the meeting to thank ANOC and its President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah for the unanimous support of Olympic Agenda 2020 - the strategy for the future of the Olympic Movement as adopted by the IOC Session in December.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah explained that he is aiming high for the Beach Games, positioning them at a similar level like the Olympic Games or the FIFA World Cup: “ I think we need to be somewhere there, otherwise we will not succeed”, he said.

He confirmed that a committee of international experts is being assembled to work on technical questions, broadcasting, marketing and PR of the event. ANOC is partnering with SportAccord to make the event a reality, but details are still to be defined. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah stressed that the project is also being developed under IOC guidance. When asked if the General Assembly was likely to give its final approval this year, the ANOC President smiled and said: “I hope so. Because what we are offering I think is something that will be a landmark.”

The ANOC Executive Council also decided to establish four new programmes running until 2018. Two of the programmes are aimed at supporting athletes in and out of competition: a global sport management graduate programme implemented by the Seoul National University and a joint educational initiative with Samsung to help place a number of retired athletes in the company’s branches around the world. In addition there will be two programmes that will help to disseminate international best practice amongst the world’s NOCs.

Furthermore the dates for the ANOC Executive Council meetings in 2015 have been set for 8 June (Lausanne) and 28 October (Washington). The XX ANOC General Assembly and second ANOC Gala Awards Dinner in Washington will take place between 27 October and 30 October 2015.

ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said: “Today’s meeting was a fantastic way to start the New Year. It was our first meeting of 2015; the first meeting to take place in the new ANOC Headquarters; and the first meeting of the newly appointed ANOC Executive Council for 2014-2018.” 

He added: “We are very excited about the year ahead and the opportunities we have to build on the momentum we have established over the last three years. Since the General Assembly in April 2012, we have shown that we are an organisation which delivers on its promises and we are committed to continuing to do so for the benefit of the NOCs and the entire Olympic Movement. We will continue to collaborate closely with the IOC under IOC President Bach’s leadership and all Olympic stakeholders to contribute towards creating a better and more sustainable future.”

** BRITTA WARNER has more than ten years’ experience in the communications sector and international sports. After having worked for more than seven years and at four Olympic Games for the International Olympic Committee’s Communications Department, she recently set up her own communications agency.

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