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24 Jun 2005
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Lassana Palenfo, the new ANOCA President

The President of the Ivoirian NOC, Lassana Palenfo, was elected as President of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) at the General Assembly held in Acra (Ghana). An IOC member since 2000, he succeeds IOC Executive Board member Alpha Ibrahim Diallo. Elected for a four-year mandate, Lassana Palenfo is also President of the African Judo Union, and has been Vice-President of the International Judo Federation (IJF) since 1990.
A woman Vice-President
For the first time, a woman has been nominated Vice-President of ANOCA. Agnes Tiongarero, President of the Namibian NOC, will now join the three other Vice-Presidents, Mustapha Berraf (Algeria), Moussa Aggreey (Chad) and  Mamadou Talata Doula (Nigeria). Other members of ANOCA’s new Executive Committee are: Secretary General Gustavo Dias Vasda (Angola) and Treasurer General  Patrick Chamunda (Zambia), who is also an IOC member. 
A new era for ANOCA
Present in Accra, IOC President Jacques Rogge was very pleased about the election of Agnes Tiongarero, whom, he hopes, will encourage women on this continent to win more sporting medals. The IOC will continuously support ANOCA in its efforts to give African sport the image it deserves. This is a new era for ANOCA, he concluded.
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