- 14 Jun 2001
- IOC News
IOC PRESIDENT CELEBRATED IN AFRICA
Mombasa, 14 June 2001 - The President of the International Committee (IOC), was celebrated at a special ceremony today by the representatives of 53 African countries in Mombasa, Kenya, on the occasion of the General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA).
The IOC President received a standing ovation and several delegates paid tribute to him for his achievements. The IOC President has been nicknamed ‘Samaranch the African’, because of his support and assistance to the development of sport and Olympism on the continent, his struggle against apartheid in sport in South Africa and for backing the creation of ANOCA in Lomé, Togo, in 1981.
The IOC President said: ‘Africa is dear to my heart and I wish to see the continent live in peace and prosperity’.
The IOC President will travel on 15 June from Mombasa to the Comoros Islands, Burundi, Rwanda and Eritrea, and will then have visited 199 National Olympic Committees when his term of office ends in July in Moscow.