POSTED: October 29th 2015

Delegates come together to take part in the 68th ANOC Executive Council meeting in Washington, D.C.

The Washington Hilton where the ANOC General Assembly is taking place / Hilton
The Washington Hilton where the ANOC General Assembly is taking place / Hilton

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Over 1,200 delegates from 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) gathered today in Washington, D.C. for the 68th Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Executive Council. The meeting discussed the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020 and the newest developments in the association. This was ahead of tomorrow's ANOC General Assembly.

IOC President, Thomas Bach, opened the meeting, which displayed the strong relationship between the ANOC and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). For the benefit of the Olympic Movement, ANOC is committed to working under the guidance of the IOC. Thus, the first item on the meeting's agenda was a report by the IOC.

In addition, a great deal of attention was given to the ANOC World Beach Games. ANOC President, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah conceived the Games as a way to bring something exciting and new to the international sports calendar. It is also a new way for NOCs to engage young people from all over the world. An innovative concept has been developed by the ANOC Events Working Group, who worked closely with industry leaders. The concept will be presented at the ANOC General Assembly for approval. Also, for the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games in 2017, a host city will be recommended for approval by the Executive Council.   

During the Executive Council meeting, the latest progress reports were presented by the chairs of the nine ANOC Commissions and Working Groups. These groups are the driving force behind the process of modernization and reform within the ANOC. Many beneficial initiatives have been implemented to aid the NOCs and help improve the support the ANOC provides.  

President  Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah stated, "We are very pleased with today's meetings. We heard many excellent reports from the Commissions and Working Groups which are making great progress in developing the way ANOC supports and interacts with NOCs. We also received a report on the ANOC World Beach Games which is, of course, a project very close to my heart. I was delighted to see the final presentation today, and I cannot wait to get the thoughts and feedback of the NOCs when it is presented in the General Assembly. After all, all this hard work is ultimately for NOCs, and we want to ensure that they are involved and engaged in everything that we do."

Delegate were invited to the National Building Museum for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Reception after the Executive Council meeting. Addressing the delegates during the USA-themed welcome reception was USOC President, Larry Probst; ANOC President, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah; USOC CEO, Scott Blackmun; and IOC President, Bach.

"We want the sport society to be a clean society. We are looking to the future, and we will follow the IOC in the three key issues of governance, doping and illegal betting," expressed President Sheikh Ahmad during the reception.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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