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    Lassana Palenfo was elected to a four-year term as ANOCA President. 
    (ATR) Ivory Coast government and sports leader Lassana Palenfo is the new president for the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa. The winner in a field of half dozen candidates, Palenfo pledged to bring transparency to ANOCA operations.

    According to an interview with Ghana Web, (, Palenfo says ANOCA will be watching how money sent to NOC?s and federations on the continent is spent with "permanent control and auditing".

    He says good practices will be needed to win the support of sponsors.

    "We are challenged to keep a clean record of our accounts because this is the only way we can gain the confidence of the corporate world to support the development of sports in the continent," Palenfo tells Ghana Web.

    Speaking after the Saturday election in Accra, IOC President Jacques Rogge urged the new leadership to improve the influence of Africa in world sport. And he congratulated ANOCA on the election of its first woman vice president, Agnes Tjongarero, president of the Namibia National Olympic Committee.

    "I believe today is a new beginning for ANOCA, which will have many great prospects for sports on the continent in general," Rogge said.

    Palenfo won election on the second ballot when the other remaining candidate, Alhaji Dandeh-Njie from The Gambia withdrew. Incumbent ANOCA President Alpha Ibrahim Diallo, who holds a seat on the IOC Executive Board, withdrew from the election before the first ballot.

    Angola's Gustavo Dias Vaz Da Conceicao was elected secretary general, defeating incumbent Raymon
    d Ibata.

    Zambian Patrick Chamunda was elected treasurer.

    Palenfo, 64, has been an IOC member since 2000 and president of the Ivory Coast NOC since 1999. He also serves as the Minister of Security for Ivory Coast. He is a vice president of the International Judo Federation.

    Calling for better development of African sport, Palenfo says zone competitions will begin next year in track and field, with an eye to expanding to other sports. Palenfo says there is also a need to establish regional training centers around the continent funded through Olympic Solidarity and corporate sponsorships.

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