POSTED: September 8th 2015

Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) readies for the 34th General Assembly and re-election of Sheikh Ahmad as President

IOC member Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabah, President of OCA and ANOC / ANOC
IOC member Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabah, President of OCA and ANOC / ANOC

Olympic Park in Ashgabat,Turkmenistan / OCA
Olympic Park in Ashgabat,Turkmenistan / OCA

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) is in the final preparations for next week's 34th OCA General Assembly in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, where Asia's 45 NOCs are expected to reconfirm the OCA President, OCA Vice-Presidents and the 2022 Asian Games Host City. The 2022 Asian Games are also on the table to be decided with only one contender, Hangzhou, in the Zheijiang Province of China.  

The annual meeting will be held September 15-16 and is set to be opened by Internationa Olympic Committee (IOC) member and OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah and the President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

"We are very much looking forward to visiting Turkmenistan for next week's General Assembly.," proclaimed OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah. "The General Assembly is a very important meeting in our annual calendar as it gives us the opportunity to bring all our NOCs together, update them on our progress and identify the areas we can improve the support we provide them.

"At the OCA we are committed to using sport as a vehicle to unite and empower Asia's 4.4 billion people to create a more equal and harmonious future. Asia is the world's largest and most diverse continent but our love of sport is a commonality which unites us. We have made excellent progress in promoting sport and Olympism throughout Asia but there is always more we can do.  If the NOCs give me the honour of being re-elected as President of the OCA I will continue to work with each and every one of them to empower them to realise their full potential," he added.

Important points on the agenda will be the vote for the President and the Vice-Presidents of the five OCA zones for a four year term between 2015 and 2019. AS well the leaders of 12 of OCA's Committees will also be elected with the chairpersons of an additional five Committees to be appointed by the OCA President in line with the OCA Constitution.

All five of the OCA Vice Presidents will give updates on their respective zones as well as progress reports from the organizing committees of the DaNang 2016 Asian Beach Games, Sapporo 2017 Asian Winter Games and the 18th Jakarta Asian Games in 2018.

President Al-Sabah said in the latest issue of Sporting Asia, OCA's official magazine, "Central Asia is booming in the Olympic sports movement, and the OCA Executive Board and General Assembly in Ashgabat on September 15-16 will give all the delegates the opportunity to witness at first-hand the impressive Olympic complex that is being built for the 5th AIMAG and beyond.

"As the next Elective General Assembly approaches, I would like to thank all the OCA committees for their hard work and their ideas and initiatives during the past four years. Your contribution has kept the OCA moving forwards, always looking to create the best environment for the athletes and the best conditions for our administrators and officials.

"The next four years will present new challenges, and I am confident that, with our experience and expertise, our unity and solidarity, we will be able to meet them," he concluded.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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