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17 Mar 2015
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Olympic Movement contributes USD half-a-million to rebuild Vanuatu infrastructure

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is coordinating a plan with the support of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), which will jointly provide USD 500,000 for the rebuilding of sports facilities and the headquarters of the National Olympic Committee in Vanuatu, after the island nation was devastated by a cyclone last weekend. The fund will also help other countries in the region affected by the disaster.

Coordinated efforts in Vanuatu on behalf of the Olympic Movement will be undertaken jointly by the IOC and ANOC.

“Our thoughts and the thoughts of the entire Olympic Movement are with the people of Vanuatu.  We are committed to providing aid to rebuild Vanuatu’s sporting infrastructure as part of the nation’s rebuilding process,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “We want to support the athletes in this region so that they can return to their sporting life as soon as possible, and in such a way give hope to the whole population.  Especially in such times, sport can play its part in helping people normalise their lives and rebuilding a shattered society. We hope that our contribution will give hope to the people of Vanuatu and others in the region on their difficult path to recovery.”

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