STATEMENT BY THE OLYMPIC COUNCIL OF ASIA
Lausanne, 24 October 2001 - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today received the following statement from the Olympic Council of Asia:
“The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), like all major international organisations, is concerned at the prevailing security situation all around the globe, not to mention its impact on sport. The OCA is aware that this is neither the first time, nor will it be the last, that some antisocial elements have subjected the world to such horrific acts as those seen during the 11 September attack on the United States.
However, the OCA has total confidence in the precautionary measures being undertaken by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) through its different institutions as well as by the Salt Lake Organising Committee for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, the State of Utah the Federal Government of the USA. The OCA is more than confident that these measures will not only deter those who might think of disturbing the harmony of society but will also inspire confidence among the participants and the general public.
On behalf of the Asian Sports Fraternity, I should like to reiterate our full confidence in the success of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, and we are sure that the Games will be another step towards creating solidarity and unity amongst the participants of the Games, who come from different cultures and religions.”
Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah