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24 Feb 2004
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Record number of National Olympic Committees at ANOC General Assembly

A record number of 201 NOCs are participating, as from today, in Athens in the 14th General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC). IOC President Jacques Rogge seized the occasion during the opening ceremony to congratulate ANOC, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and expressed his gratitude to its President, Mario Vázquez Raña, who is celebrating 25 years as ANOC President.

201 National Olympic Committees
It is the first time that ANOC has held its General Assembly in a city hosting the Games the same year. The meeting will gather together around 500 delegates and officials from a record number of 201 recognised National Olympic Committees. Since the last Assembly in Kuala Lumpur in 2002, Afghanistan has rejoined ANOC. In the meantime, the National Olympic Committees of Timor Leste and Kiribati have been recognised.

"Greek legacy"
In his speech, Rogge went on to remind the audience of the Greeks' legacy to the world, particularly as regards sport and the Olympic Games. Turning to the President of the Athens Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, Rogge said: "Mrs Angelopoulos, the Olympic Family is very grateful to you and your team for all your hard work and for our partnership. We trust you."

Challenge, challenge, challenge
Rogge reminded the NOCs of the challenge which organising the Olympic Games poses. "It is not easy to host the Games," he said. "The world has changed since September 11th and we have to deal with the threat of terrorism. But all that is humanly possible is being done."

Speaking about the legacy that the Games will leave Athens and Greece, the President said, "The Olympic Games must leave an urban legacy for future generations. It is clear from what we can already see today in Athens, that this legacy exists even before the Games have begun."

Meeting with IOC Executive Board
The traditional meeting of the IOC Executive Board with the NOCs will take place on 27 February, followed by a two-day meeting of the IOC Executive Board.
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