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  • Monday Memo - ANOCA Meets; Universiade Underway; Deaflympics Relay


    Lassana Palenfo was first elected ANOCA President in 2005. (Getty Images)
    ANOCA General Assembly 

    The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa will hold its General Assembly in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire July 11-13.

    Around the Rings will be on the scene for the meeting. Lassana Palenfo is running for a final four-year term, and a contested race is schedule for ANOCA Secretary General. Incumbent Khaled Zein El Din is running against long-serving IOC staffer Thomas Sithole. 

    Jacques Rogge continues his farewell tour, heading to the meeting on July 11. 

    The 2020 bid teams will attend, but will not present, and the six IOC Presidential hopefuls are also expected to attend. 

    A billboard advertises Kazan 2013. (Getty Images)
    2013 Universiade 

    Kazan, Russia plays host to the Universiade. 

    Badminton, boxing, diving, football, synchronized swimming and water polo each get underway Friday ahead of Saturday’s opening ceremony.

    A total of 10,442 university athletes from 162 countries will compete across 27 sports, most of which also feature on the Summer Olympics program.

    Events run through July 17.

    The Tour De France continues through July 21. (Getty Images)
    ATR will be on the scene for the competition.

    Tour de France Continues

    Cyclists will continue to wind their way through France as the Tour de France rides on.

    The Tour started on June 29 and ends in Paris on July 21. The Tour is cycling's most prestigious competition. 

    (L-R) Nikolay Nikoloy, Craig Crowley, Jacques Rogge, and Martin Risch pose with the Deaflympics torch during its stop in Lausanne. (ICSD)
    Deaflympics Virtual Torch Relay 

    Torchbearers will carry the virtual flame for the Deaflympics. 

    Cyclists began passing the torch, which is technically a miner’s lamp, last month in France, ahead of  the 24th Deaflympics which start in Sofia, Bulgaria on July 26 and run until August 4.

    A total of 3500 athletes from 96 countries will compete in 18 different sports.

    Written by Nicole Bennett.

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