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03 Apr 2006
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National Olympic Committees meet in Seoul


The XV General Assembly of the Association of the National Olympic Committees (ANOC), chaired by Mario Vázquez Raña, opened on Sunday 2 April in Seoul, in presence of the President of the Republic of Korea, Moo-hyun Roh, and the IOC President, Jacques Rogge. It is the second meeting of ANOC in the Korean capital. The first one was 20 years ago, in April 1986.
 
201 NOCs present
From 2 to 4 April, more than 300 delegates representing 201 NOCs among the 203 members of ANOC will discuss important and decisive issues for the future of the Association such as the increasing role of the five Continental Associations, the support to the NOCs, the fight against doping, the improvement of the Olympic Programme, the more efficient use of the resources offered by Olympic Solidarity, the participation in the upcoming Olympic Games
 
Welcome to the Marshall Islands
The Marshall Islands NOC are making their first appearance at the ANOC General Assembly. Located in the Pacific Ocean, the Marshall Islands officially became the 203rd member of the Olympic Movement, by a decision taken two months ago in Turin by the 118th Session of the IOC.
 
An excellent context
During his speech, the IOC President underlined that «this XV ANOC General Assembly comes at an excellent moment for the Olympic Movement. We have just experienced magnificent Winter Games, which saw the participation of 80 NOCs– a record number for the Winter Games.
 
Horizon 2008 and beyond
With the Turin Games successfully concluded, “we are now switching our focus to Asia, to the extraordinary experience offered by the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in 2008 in Beijing” said the IOC President, before adding: “We are confident in the organising abilities of our Chinese friends, just as we are in those of their counterparts in Vancouver and London.”
 
Leave a positive legacy
While recalling that “more than ever, the Games are the dream of the athletes and the pinnacle of all sports events, and we have to keep them at this level of excellence for future generations”, the IOC President declared: “At the same time, we have to undertake efforts to promote the Olympic values, which are the very foundation of our Movement. It is up to us to continue to manage and guarantee the longevity of the success of the Games and our Movement – and to thus leave a positive legacy for future generations.”
 
A week of Olympic meetings
In addition to the ANOC General Assembly, Seoul will host the IOC Executive Board (EB) from 5 to 7 April. The EB will meet with the NOCs, the Summer Olympic International Federations, the Winter Olympic International Federations, and with the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). Furthermore, the 4th edition of SportAccord, an international convention gathering representatives from sports organisations and sports industry, will be held in parallel.
 
 
Official website of the XVth General Assembly of ANOC: www.anoc2006.org
 
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