THE IOC PRESIDENT ATTENDS ONOC GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN FIJI
Suva, 8 April 2001 - The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) began his visit to Oceania and Asia by attending the General Assembly of the National Olympic Committees of Oceania (ONOC) held in Nadi, Fiji, on 6 and 7 April.
The Assembly saw the unanimous re-election of Mr Kevan Gosper, IOC Vice-President, and Dr Robin Mitchell, President of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Fiji, as OCOC President and Secretary General respectively.
In his speech closing the Assembly, the IOC President said: “I congratulate ONOC on the work achieved during recent years. The efficient structure put in place has greatly contributed to the creation and recognition of new NOCs – their number has grown from three to 14 in 20 years – and thus enhanced the promotion of Olympism in Oceania.”
The President also referred to the assistance that the IOC gives the NOCs in this part of the world through its Olympic Solidarity programmes.
The IOC President then travelled to Suva, the capital of Fiji, where he was received by the Head of State, H.E. Mr Katu Iloilo. He was accompanied by Mr Kevan Gosper, Dr Robin Mitchell, Mr Pere Miró, Director of Olympic Solidarity, and Mr Keni Dakuidraketi, the Fijian Minister of Sport.
The IOC President also opened the new headquarters of the Fijian NOC (FASANOC) before meeting the local media.
The IOC President will next meet with the NOC of Palau on 10 April 2001.