THE IOC PRESIDENT MEETS REPRESENTATIVES OF THE NOC OF PALAU
Koror, 10 April 2001 - The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is continuing his tour of Oceania and Asia with a visit to Palau, whose National Olympic Committee (NOC) was recognised by the IOC in 1999.
The President stopped first at Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, where he was welcomed by members of the NOC Executive Committee. The President took this opportunity to congratulate the athletes of Papua New Guinea on their participation in the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney, which was made possible partly through the assistance given to the NOC by Olympic Solidarity.
In Palau, the IOC President, accompanied by Mr K. Gosper and Dr R. Mitchell, was received by the President of the Republic, Mr Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. Also attending were the President of the Senate, the government spokesman, the ministers of justice and administration and the members of the NOC Executive Committee.
President Remengesau recalled how important it had been for Palau to have its NOC recognised by the IOC in 1999, and its pride in taking part for the first time in the Olympic Games in Sydney. He also announced that, in honour of the IOC President’s visit, he had decreed 10 April “National Olympism Day”.
The IOC President then went to the NOC headquarters to meet the main sports leaders of the country, NOC members as well as athletes, coaches and students. He also visited the baseball and athletics facilities in Koror.
The President left Koror for Manila, in the Philippines, where he was received by the NOC President, Mr Celso Dayrit, and IOC member Mr Francisco Elizalde.