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08 Jun 2001
IOC News , Press Release


Lausanne, 8 June 2001 - The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will be visiting Kenya, the Comoros Islands, Burundi, Rwanda and Eritrea from 11 to 17 June 2001 to meet with representatives of these countries and their National Olympic Committees (NOCs).

The President will start his trip in Nairobi, Kenya, where he will meet the Minister of Sports and members of the NOC.

On 12 June, he will go to Eldoret to visit the Kip Keino School, a high performance training centre created by the former Olympic champion - two-time Olympic gold medal winner in Mexico City in 1968 (1,500m), and in Munich in 1972 (3,000m steeplechase).

He will then fly to Mombasa to attend the General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) taking place there on 13 and 14 June.

The IOC President will then continue his African tour by paying his first ever visit to the Comoros Islands, Burundi and Eritrea. He will also stop off in Kigali, Rwanda, to meet NOC representatives.

After this trip, the IOC President will have visited all 199 NOCs.

Dates of visits:



11 June
Arrival in Nairobi, Kenya
National Olympic Committee Kenya
Tel: +254 2 21 07 97
Fax: +254 2 33 68 27

12 June
Visit to the Kip Keino School in Eldoret and meeting with Kenyan Olympians
Departure for Mombasa

13 14 June

ANOCA General Assembly

15 June
Arrival in Moroni, Comoros Islands

Visit of emblematic venues and meeting with athletes and local authorities followed by a press conference

Comité Olympique et Sportif des Iles Comores
Tel: +269 73 10 02
Fax: +269 73 18 00

16 June
Arrival in Bujumbura, Burundi

Meeting with athletes, the Executive Committee of the NOC and local authorities

Visit to the NOC headquarters, Campus Kiriri and Rwagasore Stadium followed by a press conference

Departure for Kigali, Rwanda

Meeting with the NOC
Comité National Olympique du Burundi
Tel: +257 21 87 24
Fax: +257 21 74 05

Comité National Olympique et Sportif du Rwanda
Tel: +250 87 009
Fax: +250 87 010

17 June
Arrival in Asmara, Eritrea

Meeting with the NOC

Eritrean National Olympic Committee
Tel/Fax: +291 1 12 68 21

Contact :
Media representatives are asked to contact the NOCs concerned to obtain practical details of the organisation of each visit and the filming and interview possibilities.

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