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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
BOA President & Secretary General Attend ANOC Meetings

Leading powerbrokers from across the sports world including Bermuda are arriving in Prague for a week of Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) meetings.

Bermuda is being represented by the Bermuda Olympic Association President Judy Simons and Secretary General Stanley Douglas.

The week will culminate in an ANOC General Assembly due to take place on Thursday and Friday November 2nd and 3rd.

It will also include an ANOC Gala Awards Ceremony on Thursday night.

In total, all 205 of the world's recognized National Olympic Committees (NOCs) are scheduled to attend along with a record total of 1,300 delegates.

Representatives from Kuwait and Brazil - nations currently suspended by the IOC - will also be here.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach is also due to appear, while ANOC counterpart Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah has already arrived.

A statement today said that the General Assembly will "provide ANOC with the opportunity to update the NOCs on the organizationís progress, and listen to and understand the NOCs concerns and priorities".

"The ANOC General Assembly is crucial in harnessing the collective power of the NOCs and ensuring that we are speaking with one voice," added Sheikh Ahmad.

"By moving the General Assembly to an annual event it has allowed us to forge more productive working relationships and give NOCs an opportunity to raise any issues they may be facing.

"We encourage all NOCs to contribute their comments and questions so we can ensure that we are delivering them the very best service.

"We are also honored that IOC President Thomas Bach is attending the General Assembly and we thank him for his ongoing close collaboration.

"Many representatives from International Federations will also be here in Prague as part of our ongoing commitment to constantly strengthening the relationships between NOCs and IFs, which will ultimately benefit the entire Olympic Movement."

General Assembly meetings of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa and the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) are also scheduled for Friday and Saturday November 4th respectively.

The former could see an attempt to force a rerun of the ANOCA Presidential election in May at which Ivory Coast's Lassana Palenfo was re-elected by acclamation after Cameroonian rival Hamad Kalkaba was controversially barred from standing by the Executive Committee.

The PASO meeting should see Santiago - the only candidate - officially awarded the 2023 Pan American Games.
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