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24 Jan 2001
IOC News , Press Release


Lausanne, 24 January 2001 - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today ended a seven day visit to East Timor. This second IOC mission was a follow-up to the initial mission led by IOC vice-president Kevan Gosper in June 2000. Following this first visit, athletes from East Timor were given the opportunity to take part in the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney as Individual Olympic Athletes (IOA).

The second IOC delegation was given a mandate by the IOC Executive Board to assist East Timor in establishing its National Olympic Committee (NOC) and in joining the international sporting community in order to benefit from development assistance programmes offered by the IOC and the International Sports Federations.

The mission, led by Dr. Robin Mitchell, IOC member in Fiji and Secretary General of the Oceania Olympic Committees (ONOC), met with prominent personalities of East Timor including Mr Ramos Horta, Minister for Foreign Affairs and representatives from various National Sports Federations.

The mission was impressed with the progress that was made in sport in East Timor over the past six months and in particular, with the impact that East Timor’s participation in the Olympic Games in Sydney had on the development of the country. It also acknowledged the work that was done by the East Timor Sports Federation in establishing a viable infrastructure in which sport will grow.

Dr Mitchell emphasized the role that sport had to play in the development and rehabilitation of East Timor. He also confirmed that the IOC will continue to assist East Timor to develop sport and help re-build sport infrastructures in the country.

For further information, please contact:

Dr Robin Mitchell
IOC member and Secretary General of ONOC
Tel:+679 302 709

Michel Filliau
IOC Department of Relations with the National Olympic Committees
Tel: +41 21 621 6111

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