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01 Apr 2019
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News from the Albanian National Olympic Committee

Find here the latest news from the National Olympic Committee: events, courses, general assemblies and elections, trophies and much more.

01 April 2019

Albanian NOC

With the support of Olympic Solidarity, the Albanian NOC held a Technical Course for Coaches in Cycling (Level II) with experts from the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) from 18 to 23 March in Elbasan. The participating coaches from clubs all over Albania were awarded a level II certificate issued by the UCI. The course was in line with the NOC’s role to train instructors and support the sport of cycling. More info at

08 March 2019

Albanian NOC

The Albanian NOC completed a training seminar on the "role and importance of Human Resources in sport", held on 1 March under the direction of Tracy Taylor, a professor in sports management at Sydney University, Australia, and a lecturer on the IOC’s Master’s programme, MEMOS (Executive Master of Management of Sports Organisations). There were 35 participants from the Albanian Sports Federation, the ASMC (Advanced Course of Sports Management) and the one-year COMPAS course, and also from sports clubs and various sports associations. During the seminar, volunteering in sport was highlighted as an important aspect, as was the professionalism of those who work in and lead sports organisations. More info at

11 February 2019

Albanian NOC

The Albanian NOC organised its first Sports Administrator Course of the year from 31 January to 2 February in Tirana. The course brought together 18 participants, one third of whom were women. The topics covered included strategic plans, sports marketing, fair play, good governance, sports activity management, sports medicine, financing, and justice and sport. This course preceded the Advanced Management Course – a one-year programme that covers sports management in more detail. More info on

20 December 2018

Albanian NOC

The Albanian NOC, in cooperation with the Albanian Olympic Academy, organised its annual session, entitled "The athletes as role models", at the start of December. The participants were welcomed by the Dean of the International Olympic Academy Konstantinos Georgiadis; the President of the Albanian Olympic Academy, Agron Cuka; and the President of the NOC, Viron Bezhani. The topics addressed were: "Olympic champions, their role in education"; "Athletes as role models in youth education"; "Physical education and Olympism"; and "Olympic education as an integral part of physical education, sport and health". Luiza Gega and Izmir Smajlaj also attended the event and shared their elite athlete experiences with the participants, while representatives from the country’s Regional Educational Offices talked about their experience in organising Olympic Week 2018. More details

6 November 2018

Albanian NOC

The Albanian NOC organised a sports administration course from 25 to 27 October in Tirana. The course brought together 20 participants, 35 per cent of whom were women, and whose average age was 24½. The subjects addressed over the three days included the Olympic Movement, sports management, strategic planning, sports marketing, fair play, good governance, sports activity management, sports medicine, sports justice and finance. Another (level III) course will be organised from 14 to 16 November. More info at

1st October 2018

Albanian NOC

At a formal ceremony, the President of Albania, Ilir Meta, presented the national flag to the official delegation who will be taking part in the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018. In his speech, President Meta stressed that the Albanian team had the potential to achieve impressive results at these Games thanks to its members’ talent, youthful passion for sport and dedication. The President presented the flag to boxer Elsidita Selaj, who will be the team flagbearer. More details on the Albanian NOC website

24 September 2018

Albanian NOC

In the framework of the preparations for the 40th Seminar of the European Olympic Committees (EOC), which will be held on 10 and 11 May 2019 in Albania, representatives from the EOC office, Sabrina Rettondini and Federico Pizzardi, visited Albania for two days. During this time, several meetings were held with Albanian NOC President Viron Bezhani, Vice-President Vojo Malo and members of the Executive Board to assess the situation and preparations for the Seminar, the organisation of which coincides with the 60th anniversary of the NOC. A visit to the NOC headquarters was also on the programme. More info at

18 September 2018

Albanian NOC

The Albanian NOC held a meeting with athletes, coaches and presidents/secretaries general  of the respective sports federations, in the framework of preparations for the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018. During this meeting, in the presence of NOC President Viron Bezhani, Vice-President Vojo Malo and Secretary General Stavri Bello, the members of the Albanian Youth Olympic Team signed the contract of participation in the sporting event. The participants also received other organisational details. More info at

3 September 2018

Albanian NOC

In context of promotion of the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018, the Albanian NOC has organized some sport activities in Divjaka National Park’s Sports Camp, involving youths of Divjaka Municipality’s schools. Young people have been playing together volleyball, water polo and some other sport games. The NOC has also informed them about YOG, Olympic Education and Olympic Values.

Furthermore, last August, Albanian NOC President Viron Bezhani, Secretary General Stavri Bello, and Executive Committee members welcomed two medallists of the Tarragona 2018 Mediterranean Games: Luiza Gega, 3,000m steeplechase gold medallist, and Krenar Zeneli, (56kg) boxing silver medallist. The athletes were accompanied by their coaches and the presidents and secretaries general of their respective federations. On this occasion, the NOC President announced the decision taken by the NOC Executive Committee to award remuneration to these two athletes for their medals. Info at

7 August 2018

Albanian NOC

The President of the Albanian NOC, Viron Bezhani, and Secretary General Stavri Bello welcomed two Japanese parliamentarians, Hiroshi Hase and Minoru Kiuchi, accompanied by the Albanian Ambassador to Japan, Gjergji Teneqexhiu, and the Japanese Ambassador to Albania, Mokoto Ito, in a special visit to the NOC’s offices. The meeting took place in the framework of promoting the upcoming Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The NOC’s work, the preparations for the Games and concrete cooperation opportunities such as assistance for Olympic education projects in schools and the training of trainers and athletes were presented to the guests. The President of the Albanian Federation of Wrestling, Martin Biba, was also present at the meeting. More info at

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