OCA Steps Up Establishment of NOC Athlete Commissions Through Asian Forum
Kuwait City, Kuwait, September 26, 2018: The Olympic Council of Asia has confirmed the dates and venue for the 3rd OCA Asian Athletes’ Forum to be held in Japan later this year.
The continental forum will take place on the weekend of November 24-25 at the National Training Centre in Tokyo, in conjunction with the OCA Athletes’ Commission, the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Solidarity Commission and the IOC Athletes’ Commission.
The OCA is inviting two athlete representatives (one female, one male) from each of its member National Olympic Committee (NOC) athletes’ commissions to attend the forum, funded by Olympic Solidarity.
If an NOC does not have its own athletes’ commission, the OCA will work closely with the NOC to identify athlete leaders in each country or region to attend the forum in Tokyo.
After the forum, the OCA - in conjunction with the athlete leaders selected - will drive the establishment of an athletes’ commission in all NOCs to make sure that athletes become a key part of the decision-making process right through to boardroom level.
In a circular to NOC presidents and secretary generals, the OCA Director General, Husain Al Musallam, and the Director of Olympic Solidarity, Pere Miro, write:
“It is with great pleasure that we write to you to announce that, following an initiative by the IOC Athletes’ Commission for the 2017-2020 period, a new strategy has been developed in relation to the organisation of the Continental Association Athletes Forums.
“The aim is to create a tangible link between the IOC International Athletes Forum and those of the Continental Associations to ensure that common topics of interest are deliberated.
“It will also ensure that all NOC Athletes’ Commissions are striving towards the same goals and providing the same level of support to athletes across the five continents both on and off the field of play.
“In view of the importance of recommendation 18 of Olympic Agenda 2020 - “Strengthen support to athletes” - the Olympic Solidarity Commission has fully embraced the proposal by the IOC Athletes’ Commission and agreed to support the organisation of biennial Continental Association Athletes Forums within the framework of its World Programme.
“The agenda will incorporate common global topics which will be presented to all Continental Athletes Forums during this four-year period as well as other topics specific to the interests of the athletes of Asia.”
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