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Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah seen during the National Olympic Committees meeting in Kuwait (KUNA).
National Oly committees meet Sheikh Ahmad delighted by senior sports officials’ visits

KUWAIT CITY, March 29, (KUNA): President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah welcomed senior sports officials to Kuwait, saying he was delighted by their attendance of ANOC’s three-day sub-committee meetings. Sheikh Ahmad, who also heads the Olympic Council of Asia said after chairing the ANOC Events Working Group meeting, that the talks discussed emerging sub-committee meetings, the association’s plans to develop its mechanisms and events it plans to organise. The sub-committee comprises several experts and senior sports officials who are committed to providing their expertise in the service of cooperation with international and domestic Olympic bodies and international non-sports organisations, he said.

As for the meeting, it discussed preparations to host the first upcoming World Beach Games, which will be organised by SportAccord, the organisation tasked with all Olympic and non-Olympic international sports bodies, among other sporting events. The plans for these events will be adopted at a later meeting in July at the Swiss city of Lausanne. Attendees also discussed the standards that will be adopted for a global Olympic athlete award that will be presented each year during the ANOC General Assembly meeting, he added. The first of these awards is due to be handed out at the next General Assembly meeting in Bangkok in November, this year, he concluded.

The meeting was attended by several international sports officials, including IOC Thomas Bach. The meetings, hosted by Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) which Sheikh Ahmad also heads, are of crucial importance to improving the functionality of ANOC in serving national Olympic committees and athletes around the world, International Relations Commission member and Algerian Olympic Committee chief Mustapha Berraf told KUNA. The official, who is also the Senior Vice President of the Association of the National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), said that the International Relations Committee is one of the most important as it forms a link between the committee and international sports and non-sports organisations. The meeting also discussed means to improve ANOC’s relations with UNESCO, UNICEF, the IOC and other international sports federations.

The commission is committed to searching for an appropriate groundwork for partnerships and constructive cooperation with these organisations in order to achieve its interests aimed at improving the capabilities and role of Olympic bodies around the world, he noted. Berraf hailed the commitment of Sheikh Ahmad since the Kuwaiti sports official began assuming his responsibilities in April 2012, and his role in developing ANOC and in carrying out pledges he made after being voted in at the general assembly. The meeting was crucial and necessary, he added, as it “helped us think about our position on the future of ANOC and its role in spreading Olympic values and principles and serving the interests of national Olympic federations.” Reiterating these notions, head of the Spanish Olympic Committee Alejandro Blanco stressed the importance of these meetings for the future of ANOC and its role in spreading these values in the service of national Olympic bodies, sports and athletes.

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