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  • #ICYMI: EOC Post Corona First; Centro Caribe Sports; 1996 All Over Again


    09/27/20

    #ICYMI -- In Case You Missed It ... Sometimes the best stories don't get the attention we think they deserve. Here are our staff picks for articles this week they really want you to know about..

    Post Corona First for European Olympic Committees

    (ATR) The European Olympic Committees signal emergence from the coronavirus lockdown with the first face-to-face meeting for the group since the pandemic erupted this year.

    Social distance seating for the EOC EC. Sec. Gen. Raffaele Pagnozzi and EOC Pres. Niels Nygaard in Slovenia.
    The executive committee of the 51 member continental Association met in Ljubljana, Slovenia Sept. 21. It was the seventh meeting for the EC this year since January. But with the exception of that first meeting, all have taken place virtually due to the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 countermeasures. While some of the NOC leaders made the trip to Slovenia, others remained at home, joining the meeting by virtual means.

    The meeting was led by acting president Niels Nygaard, who took over three months ago after the sudden death of Janez Kocijančič June 1.

    “It has been a very productive couple of months for the EOC,” Nygaard is quoted in an EOC release. He notes progress is being made towards the 2023 edition of the European Games in Krakow-Malopolska.

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    Centro Caribe Sports Trusts New Brand

    (ATR) The president of the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees, Brian Lewis, agrees with the new name for a regional sports organization that's been around for 60 years.

    Brian Lewis (TTOC)
    “The change from CACSO/ODECABE to Centro Caribe Sports was needed, a brand change was required,” said Lewis, who is also president of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee.

    Lewis was one of the 37 NOC presidents who virtually attended the recent Extraordinary General Assembly of the former CACSO/ODECABE, which approved a new name and a new logo for the organization linked to the oldest regional games of the world.

    The Caribbean Olympic leader estimates that now "a clear strategy will be required to generate awareness and acceptance of the new brand".

    However, Lewis admits that "Centro Caribe does not translate as easily as Panam Sports."

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    1996 All Over Again

    (ATR) A new exhibition at the Atlanta History Center about the 1996 Olympic and Paralympic Games focuses more on context than competition.

    “Atlanta ’96: Shaping an Olympic and Paralympic City” explores how the city got the Games and how the two gigantic international events subsequently affected the area. Visitors then have a chance to weigh in on how they want to change their own communities.

    The 2,600-square foot exhibition opened September 18 on the 30th anniversary of the decision by the International Olympic Committee to choose up-and-coming Atlanta over the sentimental favorite, Athens, Greece. A copy of the Atlanta Journal newspaper with the famous “It’s Atlanta!” headline is among the 150 or so objects. There are also more than 200 photographs and archival reproductions and historic footage of sports and cultural events.

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