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  • "Challenges and Opportunities for National Olympic Committees" -- All-Star Lineup for Newsmaker Breakfast Bangkok


    (ATLANTA) -- War and civil strife, health crises, economics, natural disasters, and government interference -- all in a day’s work for the world’s 200+ national Olympic Committees.

    The resulting challenges and opportunities for NOCs will be the topic of the next Around the Rings Newsmaker Breakfast, sponsored by the Association of National Olympic Committees at its XIX General Assembly next month in Bangkok.

    “The National Olympic Committees are on the frontline when it comes to facing challenges within their borders, challenges that are out of their hands. Natural disasters, economic collapse and civil war are among the issues that have caused difficulty for NOCs in recent years,” said ATR Editor Ed Hula, who will moderate the discussion.

    “Some NOCs have overcome, others struggle. In this latest Around the Rings Newsmaker Breakfast, we will hear from a group of NOC leaders who have all had to deal with national crises at the same time they have had to prepare teams to compete at the Olympics and other sports events.”

    Invited panelists include:
    Aïcha Garad Ali, president of the Djibouti National Olympic Committee
    Spyros Capralos, president of the Hellenic Olympic Committee
    Robin Mitchell, president of the Oceania National Olympic Committees
    Koji Murofushi, Tokyo 2020 sports director
    Jose Quinones, president of the National Olympic Committee of Peru

    The event is set for 8:00 to 8:45 AM Nov. 8 at the Centara Convention Centre.

    Around the Rings Newsmaker Breakfasts have become a staple since their launch during the 1996 Centennial Olympics.

    “This is the 14th city around the world where we have hosted a Newsmaker Breakfast. We are grateful for the support and interest of the Olympic Movement to make these events a regular fixture at major gatherings around the world,” Hula said.

    Past host cities include Acapulco, Atlanta, Beijing, Belek (Turkey), Chicago, Copenhagen, London, Moscow, New York, Quebec City, Salt Lake City, Sydney and Vancouver.

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