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05 Apr 2006
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ANOC 2006: President Rogge Hails Universality Of The Movement


The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge, today hailed the universality and unity of the Olympic Movement at a joint press conference with the President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), Mario Vázquez Raña. Rogge said, “It is a testament to the universality of the Olympic Movement that we have seen 201 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) working together this week for the benefit of world sport.” Rogge’s comments came following a joint meeting of the IOC Executive Board (EB) and the General Assembly of ANOC.
 
Helping The Small NOCs
Following a question on the proposal of ANOC for the IOC to attribute 20% more funds from the TOP programe to help the smaller NOCs with their work, President Rogge responded that the money that the IOC currently gives to the NOCs is, in any case, redistributed to the individual NOCs by ANOC but that given the recent success of the past few editions of the Olympic Games, the IOC’s Executive Board would study the matter in more detail. The IOC provided approximately USD 318.5 million, in total, to NOCs for the period of 2001 – 2004.
 
Joint Korean Team
Due to the location of the XV General Assembly of ANOC this year - Seoul, Korea - a question was asked about the possibility of seeing a joint Korean team taking part in the upcoming Asian Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. President Rogge noted, “It is something that we all wish for; to see a joint Korean team participating at the Games, like the situation we had with the united German team several years ago.” He continued, “We have already seen a joint march by the two Koreas at recent editions of the Games but this is a process that must be driven by the two National Olympic Committees. They are the ones in the driving seat.” President Rogge further explained that several meetings had already taken place between the two NOCs and that a further meeting was planned. He concluded by reiterating that the IOC was willing to continue to support the initiative as best as it could.
 
Official website of the XVth General Assembly of ANOC: www.anoc2006.org
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