Thomas Bach and Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah on Sunday. (ATR)
(ATR) IOC President Thomas Bach says the strong IOC presence for the Association of National Olympic Committees Executive Committee meeting in Kuwait shows that both organizations are willing to work together.
Some 41 IOC members, many on the newly-formed ANOC commissions, made the trip to Kuwait City; as did SportAccord President Marius Vizer, IOC director general Christophe De Kepper and other key sport officials. It is likely the largest and most high-profile delegation for an ANOC Executive Council meeting.
Bach said the strong attendance was understandable.
“We are having a broad discussion among stakeholders of the Olympic Movement that we are looking to the future,” he said at a joint press conference with Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah, the president of ANOC.
“I appreciate this high presence because it shows the interest of all the stakeholders to contribute.”
He then joked: “maybe it’s also because Olympic hospitality is known worldwide and people come here on the one hand to work--and on the other to enjoy the hospitality of our Arab friends.”
On Saturday, ANOC’s commissions met discussing a wide variety of topics. Sheikh Ahmad will host the IOC at his private farm on Sunday, with the ANOC executives and Olympic Solidarity meeting on Monday.
Sheikh Ahmad said he was grateful for the IOC’s presence. Since assuming control of ANOC in 2012, Ahmad has laid out an ambitious agenda for ANOC reforms including adding a world beach games and having an awards gala
Thomas Bach. (ATR)
Without the IOC’s support, Ahmad said “nothing will happen within ANOC.”
“I am very comfortable with the situation” he added.
When asked what changes Ahmad would like to see within the IOC as part of Bach’s Olympic Agenda 2020 reform program, Ahmad said there is much to do, but his first priority is “to continue what [former IOC President Jacques Rogge] has started.”
Timelines for IOC
Bach shed more light on when major announcements for the IOC will be made.
First, he said he plans to announce his appointments to the IOC commissions in “the course of this week.”
On April 15, the IOC will close the email address for submissions to the IOC Olympic Agenda 2020.
After that, Bach will form working groups to study the proposals, he said there will be around 15 working groups. They will meet “most likely” in June near Olympic Day, on June 23, “to get their act together and work around the different issues,” Bach said.
In July, Bach hopes to have another Olympic Summit, a gathering of the leaders of the major stakeholder organizations within the Olympic Movement.
Then in September, the working groups and Olympic Summit will present their work to the IOC commissions.
Written by Ed Hula III
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