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The mission of the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) is to develop, promote and protect the Olympic Movement in their respective countries.

The NOCs promote the fundamental principles of Olympism at a national level within the framework of sports. NOCs are committed to the development of athletes and support the development of sport for all programmes and high performance sport in their countries. They also participate in the training of sports administrators by organising educational programmes.

Another objective of the National Olympic Committees is to ensure that athletes from their respective nations attend the Olympic Games. Only an NOC is able to select and send teams and competitors for participation in the Olympic Games.

National Olympic Committees also supervise the preliminary selection of potential bid cities. Before a candidate city can compete against those in other countries, it first must win the selection process by the NOC in its own country. The National Olympic Committee can then name that city to the IOC as a candidate to host the Olympic Games.

There are currently 206 National Olympic Committees over five continents *.
List of all National Olympic Committees in IOC protocol order

* The Kuwait Olympic Committee is suspended since Oct 27, 2015. 

Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and continental associations

The NOCs come together at least once every two years in the form of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) to exchange information and experiences in order to consolidate their role within the Olympic Movement.

In this way ANOC helps the NOCs to prepare for their meetings with the IOC Executive Board and Olympic Congresses.

ANOC also makes recommendations to the IOC regarding the use of funds deriving from the television rights intended for the NOCs. These recommendations focus on the implementation of the Olympic Solidarity programmes in particular.

ANOC is currently made up of the 205 NOCs and is split among five continental associations:

  • AFRICA: ANOCA (Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa)
  • AMERICA: PASO (Pan American Sports Organisation)
  • ASIA: OCA (Olympic Council of Asia)
  • EUROPE: EOC (European Olympic Committees)
  • OCEANIA: ONOC (Oceania National Olympic Committees)

Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC)

President
Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad AL-SABAH

Secretary General
Ms Gunilla LINDBERG

Address

Chemin des Charmettes 4
1003 Lausanne
Switzerland

Contact
Telephone +41 21 321 52 60
Fax +41 21 321 52 61
E-mail info@acnolympic.org
Website www.acnolympic.org

Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa

President
Intendant General Lassana PALENFO

Secretary General
Mr Tomas Amos Ganda SITHOLE

Address
6, Lassale Street
Off Shehu Shagari Way
PMB 645, Maitama
Abuja - FCT
Nigeria

Contact
Telephone +234 9 870 5991
Fax +234 9 413 6480
E-mail info@anocahdqs.org
Website www.acnoa.info

Algeria
Angola
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo
Côte d'Ivoire
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Djibouti
Egypt
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gabon
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Nigeria
Rwanda
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
Sudan
Swaziland
Togo
Tunisia
Uganda
United Republic of Tanzania
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Oceania National Olympic Committees

President
Dr Robin E. MITCHELL

Secretary General
Mr Ricardo BLAS

Address
PO Box 21809
GMF Barrigada 96921
Guam

Contact
Telephone +671 649 6662
Fax +671 646 6662
Email onoc@oceanianoc.org
Website www.oceaniasport.com/onoc

American Samoa
Australia
Cook Islands
Federated States of Micronesia
Fiji
Guam
Kiribati
Marshall Islands
Nauru
New Zealand
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Samoa (until 1996 Western Samoa)
Solomon Islands
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu

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National Olympic Committees

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