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  •  The International Canoe Federation https www CanoeICF com and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa ANOCA signed an agreement on Thursday that will pave the way for the future development of canoeing on the continent ANOCA President Mustapha Berraf and ICF President Thomas Konietzko signed a memorandum of understanding in the Algerian capital of Algiers to work together to make the sports of canoeing and parachuting more accessible to participants across Africa The joint partnership will focus not only on raising performance levels across all disciplines of canoeing and paracanoeing but also expanding the reach of recreational rowing The agreement included the launch of an ICF funded pilot project to help develop sustainable structures in national federations in Africa that will enable talented athletes to reach their full potential The project focuses on training local officials and coaches and supporting local club activities to inspire new children to take up canoeing A continental manager will be appointed to provide assistance in close coordination with the national federations as a partner in the project The manager will focus on two national associations for six months at a time with the Egyptian Canoe Federation and the Nigerian Canoe Federation announced as the first partners The association will also focus on preparations for the 2026 Youth Olympic Games in Senegal with the aim of qualifying as many representatives from African countries as possible Special camps will be organized to prepare young athletes for the YOG and the specialized format Today marks a significant milestone in the global growth of our wonderful sport said Chairman Konietzko We know there is a lot of enthusiasm across Africa for rowing sports but until now it has sometimes been difficult to provide the necessary resources for canoeing to grow I congratulate ANOC for their vision and their support of this important effort Our dream is to have very soon not only more African medalists in all our canoe disciplines but also to see Africans enjoying rowing sports as a recreational activity The ICF will introduce a Scholarship Program for Canoeing Athletes offer special offers for training of coaches and aims to establish canoeing centers in some African countries Under the auspices of the All Life programme the parties agreed to promote the sport of padel to as many people as possible in Africa and to promote the values associated with physical activity Both partners will also work to identify local companies that can produce boats To establish a stable African competition system the ICF will help continue to organize regular continental championships in as many canoe disciplines as possible Both partners agreed that in addition to the African Sprint 22 Championship in Tunisia a first African SUP Championship will be held in Tunisia in November The ICF and its partner Starboard will provide 50 boards which will be donated to participating nations after the competition to further develop the SUP sport in Africa
    ICF, ANOCA sign a partnership to help canoe sports’s growth in Africa
     The International Canoe Federation https www CanoeICF com and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa ANOCA signed an agreement on Thursday that will pave the way for the future development of canoeing on the continent ANOCA President Mustapha Berraf and ICF President Thomas Konietzko signed a memorandum of understanding in the Algerian capital of Algiers to work together to make the sports of canoeing and parachuting more accessible to participants across Africa The joint partnership will focus not only on raising performance levels across all disciplines of canoeing and paracanoeing but also expanding the reach of recreational rowing The agreement included the launch of an ICF funded pilot project to help develop sustainable structures in national federations in Africa that will enable talented athletes to reach their full potential The project focuses on training local officials and coaches and supporting local club activities to inspire new children to take up canoeing A continental manager will be appointed to provide assistance in close coordination with the national federations as a partner in the project The manager will focus on two national associations for six months at a time with the Egyptian Canoe Federation and the Nigerian Canoe Federation announced as the first partners The association will also focus on preparations for the 2026 Youth Olympic Games in Senegal with the aim of qualifying as many representatives from African countries as possible Special camps will be organized to prepare young athletes for the YOG and the specialized format Today marks a significant milestone in the global growth of our wonderful sport said Chairman Konietzko We know there is a lot of enthusiasm across Africa for rowing sports but until now it has sometimes been difficult to provide the necessary resources for canoeing to grow I congratulate ANOC for their vision and their support of this important effort Our dream is to have very soon not only more African medalists in all our canoe disciplines but also to see Africans enjoying rowing sports as a recreational activity The ICF will introduce a Scholarship Program for Canoeing Athletes offer special offers for training of coaches and aims to establish canoeing centers in some African countries Under the auspices of the All Life programme the parties agreed to promote the sport of padel to as many people as possible in Africa and to promote the values associated with physical activity Both partners will also work to identify local companies that can produce boats To establish a stable African competition system the ICF will help continue to organize regular continental championships in as many canoe disciplines as possible Both partners agreed that in addition to the African Sprint 22 Championship in Tunisia a first African SUP Championship will be held in Tunisia in November The ICF and its partner Starboard will provide 50 boards which will be donated to participating nations after the competition to further develop the SUP sport in Africa
    ICF, ANOCA sign a partnership to help canoe sports’s growth in Africa
    Africa2 months ago

    ICF, ANOCA sign a partnership to help canoe sports’s growth in Africa

    The International Canoe Federation (https://www.CanoeICF.com/) and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) signed an agreement on Thursday that will pave the way for the future development of canoeing on the continent.ANOCA President Mustapha Berraf and ICF President Thomas Konietzko signed a memorandum of understanding in the Algerian capital of Algiers to work together to make the sports of canoeing and parachuting more accessible to participants across Africa.The joint partnership will focus not only on raising performance levels across all disciplines of canoeing and paracanoeing, but also expanding the reach of recreational rowing.The agreement included the launch of an ICF-funded pilot project to help develop sustainable structures in national federations in Africa that will enable talented athletes to reach their full potential.The project focuses on training local officials and coaches and supporting local club activities to inspire new children to take up canoeing.A continental manager will be appointed to provide assistance in close coordination with the national federations as a partner in the project.The manager will focus on two national associations for six months at a time, with the Egyptian Canoe Federation and the Nigerian Canoe Federation announced as the first partners.The association will also focus on preparations for the 2026 Youth Olympic Games in Senegal, with the aim of qualifying as many representatives from African countries as possible.Special camps will be organized to prepare young athletes for the YOG and the specialized format."Today marks a significant milestone in the global growth of our wonderful sport," said Chairman Konietzko.“We know there is a lot of enthusiasm across Africa for rowing sports, but until now it has sometimes been difficult to provide the necessary resources for canoeing to grow.I congratulate ANOC for their vision and their support of this important effort."Our dream is to have very soon not only more African medalists in all our canoe disciplines, but also to see Africans enjoying rowing sports as a recreational activity."The ICF will introduce a Scholarship Program for Canoeing Athletes, offer special offers for training of coaches and aims to establish canoeing centers in some African countries.Under the auspices of the All Life programme, the parties agreed to promote the sport of padel to as many people as possible in Africa and to promote the values ​​associated with physical activity.Both partners will also work to identify local companies that can produce boats.To establish a stable African competition system, the ICF will help continue to organize regular continental championships in as many canoe disciplines as possible.Both partners agreed that in addition to the African Sprint 22 Championship in Tunisia, a first African SUP Championship will be held in Tunisia in November.The ICF and its partner Starboard will provide 50 boards, which will be donated to participating nations after the competition to further develop the SUP sport in Africa.

  •   The African sports press deserves more attention Participate in the exhibition of African sport in the world sports arena It cannot be denied that sports journalists are our partners and daily companions in all continental and world sports competitions We greatly appreciate the role played by sports journalists during the coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games or the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games Despite the difficulties imposed by the pernicious Covid 19 pandemic the sports press always responded by present in these events We do not lose sight of the hard work that these professionals carry out on a daily basis in the 54 countries of the continent where the National Olympic and Sports Committees operate which must maintain adequate and effective press relations with the sports journalists of their respective countries As Africa expects to host major international competitions the African sports press must put its stamp on these Olympic events We count on you to continue projecting the image of a Sporting Africa that wins even through its media through its Press Young Africans have greatly benefited from all the information contained in reports chronicles analyzes and comments from sports journalists who have always shown a high level of professionalism during competitions ANOCA heartily congratulates all these journalists who face many difficulties to provide information in real time to the general public and especially to the actors of the Olympic and Sports Movement The advent of digital technology deserves a change of attitude for the sports press since it must face the information distortions that lead to Fake News and sports is no exception But sports journalists our friends and brothers must take the measure of what is at stake and continue their work while respecting ethical principles We support you on this World Sports Press Day Mustapha Berraf IOC Member ANOCA President
    World Sports Press Day 2022: Message from the President of ANOCA
      The African sports press deserves more attention Participate in the exhibition of African sport in the world sports arena It cannot be denied that sports journalists are our partners and daily companions in all continental and world sports competitions We greatly appreciate the role played by sports journalists during the coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games or the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games Despite the difficulties imposed by the pernicious Covid 19 pandemic the sports press always responded by present in these events We do not lose sight of the hard work that these professionals carry out on a daily basis in the 54 countries of the continent where the National Olympic and Sports Committees operate which must maintain adequate and effective press relations with the sports journalists of their respective countries As Africa expects to host major international competitions the African sports press must put its stamp on these Olympic events We count on you to continue projecting the image of a Sporting Africa that wins even through its media through its Press Young Africans have greatly benefited from all the information contained in reports chronicles analyzes and comments from sports journalists who have always shown a high level of professionalism during competitions ANOCA heartily congratulates all these journalists who face many difficulties to provide information in real time to the general public and especially to the actors of the Olympic and Sports Movement The advent of digital technology deserves a change of attitude for the sports press since it must face the information distortions that lead to Fake News and sports is no exception But sports journalists our friends and brothers must take the measure of what is at stake and continue their work while respecting ethical principles We support you on this World Sports Press Day Mustapha Berraf IOC Member ANOCA President
    World Sports Press Day 2022: Message from the President of ANOCA
    Africa3 months ago

    World Sports Press Day 2022: Message from the President of ANOCA

    The African sports press deserves more attention. Participate in the exhibition of African sport in the world sports arena.

    It cannot be denied that sports journalists are our partners and daily companions in all continental and world sports competitions.

    We greatly appreciate the role played by sports journalists during the coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games or the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Despite the difficulties imposed by the pernicious Covid-19 pandemic, the sports press always responded by present in these events.

    We do not lose sight of the hard work that these professionals carry out on a daily basis in the 54 countries of the continent where the National Olympic and Sports Committees operate, which must maintain adequate and effective press relations with the sports journalists of their respective countries. .

    As Africa expects to host major international competitions, the African sports press must put its stamp on these Olympic events.

    We count on you to continue projecting the image of a Sporting Africa that wins even through its media, through its Press.

    Young Africans have greatly benefited from all the information contained in reports, chronicles, analyzes and comments from sports journalists who have always shown a high level of professionalism during competitions.

    ANOCA heartily congratulates all these journalists who face many difficulties to provide information in real time to the general public and especially to the actors of the Olympic and Sports Movement.

    The advent of digital technology deserves a change of attitude for the sports press, since it must face the information distortions that lead to Fake News, and sports is no exception.

    But, sports journalists, our friends and brothers, must take the measure of what is at stake and continue their work while respecting ethical principles.

    We support you on this World Sports Press Day.

    Mustapha Berraf IOC Member ANOCA President

  •   The Athlete Support Program Commission for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics met at ANOCA AfricaOlympic com Headquarters Abuja on 20 21 June 2022 It was a face to face session coordinated by the President of the Commission Seydina Omar Diagne who opened the deliberations Then followed the Message from the President of ANOCA Hon Mustapha Berraf who was delivered by the General Treasurer of ANOCA Ing Habu Gumel who chaired the meeting Mustapha Berraf s message underlined that Supporting the athletes is the only way to create the necessary conditions for the performances of our African representatives to break the usual records Paris 2024 must prove it The members of the Commission reviewed all aspects of the preparation of African athletes for the Olympic Games in Paris 2024 The support program for athletes is based on the good use of Olympic Solidarity budgets and the effectiveness of grants from ANOCA African sports leaders are urged to intensify their efforts to create the best conditions for the success and performance of athletes our standard bearers The partnerships between ANOCA and various stakeholders such as International Federations African Sports Confederations AASC international bodies specialized Universities have as their main objective to provide athletes and technical staff with the maximum benefit of the programs available It also involves the participation of technical experts from African NOCs confederations national federations and international and continental expert groups The ANOCA Athlete Support Program aims to provide support for the preparation and qualification of elite athletes with the potential to qualify and perform well at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games The Commission recommends that NOCs use part of the grant for their athlete preparation and support activities ANOCA has closed agreements with USOPC CON Cuba UCI for the 2025 World Championships FINA for the development and preparation of swimmers and the Marseille City Council in France among others President Mustapha Berraf has started talks with the International Judo Federation and the Executive Board of the International Committee of the Mediterranean Games Conventions are thinning ANOCA s support covers access to adequate training facilities a coach specialized in the sport in question periodic medical and scientific evaluation accident and illness insurance and accommodation expenses in a recognized training center that must be previously approved by the Commission of ANOCA The Commission based the allocation process on performance criteria and sports and Olympic ethics All the voices and recommendations of our NOCs for the development and achievement of the objectives of our athletes are welcome stressed the president of ANOCA
    Paris 2024: We will Deliver on the Promise to Support African Athletes
      The Athlete Support Program Commission for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics met at ANOCA AfricaOlympic com Headquarters Abuja on 20 21 June 2022 It was a face to face session coordinated by the President of the Commission Seydina Omar Diagne who opened the deliberations Then followed the Message from the President of ANOCA Hon Mustapha Berraf who was delivered by the General Treasurer of ANOCA Ing Habu Gumel who chaired the meeting Mustapha Berraf s message underlined that Supporting the athletes is the only way to create the necessary conditions for the performances of our African representatives to break the usual records Paris 2024 must prove it The members of the Commission reviewed all aspects of the preparation of African athletes for the Olympic Games in Paris 2024 The support program for athletes is based on the good use of Olympic Solidarity budgets and the effectiveness of grants from ANOCA African sports leaders are urged to intensify their efforts to create the best conditions for the success and performance of athletes our standard bearers The partnerships between ANOCA and various stakeholders such as International Federations African Sports Confederations AASC international bodies specialized Universities have as their main objective to provide athletes and technical staff with the maximum benefit of the programs available It also involves the participation of technical experts from African NOCs confederations national federations and international and continental expert groups The ANOCA Athlete Support Program aims to provide support for the preparation and qualification of elite athletes with the potential to qualify and perform well at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games The Commission recommends that NOCs use part of the grant for their athlete preparation and support activities ANOCA has closed agreements with USOPC CON Cuba UCI for the 2025 World Championships FINA for the development and preparation of swimmers and the Marseille City Council in France among others President Mustapha Berraf has started talks with the International Judo Federation and the Executive Board of the International Committee of the Mediterranean Games Conventions are thinning ANOCA s support covers access to adequate training facilities a coach specialized in the sport in question periodic medical and scientific evaluation accident and illness insurance and accommodation expenses in a recognized training center that must be previously approved by the Commission of ANOCA The Commission based the allocation process on performance criteria and sports and Olympic ethics All the voices and recommendations of our NOCs for the development and achievement of the objectives of our athletes are welcome stressed the president of ANOCA
    Paris 2024: We will Deliver on the Promise to Support African Athletes
    Africa3 months ago

    Paris 2024: We will Deliver on the Promise to Support African Athletes

    The Athlete Support Program Commission for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics met at ANOCA (AfricaOlympic.com) Headquarters, Abuja, on 20-21 June 2022.

    It was a face-to-face session coordinated by the President of the Commission, Seydina Omar Diagne, who opened the deliberations. Then followed the Message from the President of ANOCA, Hon. Mustapha Berraf, who was delivered by the General Treasurer of ANOCA, Ing. Habu Gumel, who chaired the meeting.

    Mustapha Berraf's message underlined that: "Supporting the athletes is the only way to create the necessary conditions for the performances of our African representatives to break the usual records. Paris 2024 must prove it."

    The members of the Commission reviewed all aspects of the preparation of African athletes for the Olympic Games in Paris 2024. The support program for athletes is based on the good use of Olympic Solidarity budgets and the effectiveness of grants from ANOCA.

    African sports leaders are urged to intensify their efforts to create the best conditions for the success and performance of athletes, our standard bearers.

    The partnerships between ANOCA and various stakeholders, such as International Federations, African Sports Confederations, AASC, international bodies, specialized Universities, have as their main objective to provide athletes and technical staff with the maximum benefit of the programs available.

    It also involves the participation of technical experts from African NOCs, confederations, national federations and international and continental expert groups.

    The ANOCA Athlete Support Program aims to provide support for the preparation and qualification of elite athletes with the potential to qualify and perform well at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

    The Commission recommends that NOCs use part of the grant for their athlete preparation and support activities.

    ANOCA has closed agreements with USOPC, CON Cuba, UCI (for the 2025 World Championships), FINA for the development and preparation of swimmers and the Marseille City Council in France, among others.

    President Mustapha Berraf has started talks with the International Judo Federation and the Executive Board of the International Committee of the Mediterranean Games. Conventions are thinning.

    ANOCA's support covers access to adequate training facilities, a coach specialized in the sport in question, periodic medical and scientific evaluation, accident and illness insurance, and accommodation expenses in a recognized training center that must be previously approved by the Commission. of ANOCA.

    The Commission based the allocation process on performance criteria and sports and Olympic ethics. All the voices and recommendations of our NOCs for the development and achievement of the objectives of our athletes are welcome, stressed the president of ANOCA.

  •   Sport is a formidable meeting tool that awakens all kinds of emotions and passions These are normal human feelings that must remain so in all the purity inherited from nature Sport involves the entire body of an individual whatever their race size sex complexion appearance appetite tastes pleasures etc Sport far transcends negative values and extinguishes all dark shades of evil Sport only transmits positive vibes This power emanates from his very essence This is the first thing that must be universally understood and retained before attempting to explain all the rules that have entangled Sport through the action of men like us This action has become more serene and credible since the visionary legacy of Pierre De Coubertin bequeathed to posterity an Olympic Movement that we now have a great responsibility to perfect Close to perfection Yes why not We have the means through the power of sport to get closer to perfection On this exceptional day of June 23 2022 when we celebrate Olympism it is enough for us to understand that Sport for Peace must be our common cause Dialogue is an intrinsic part of Sport and therefore must be promoted to establish and maintain peace Many crises divide people and sadden nations We need to unite more people to make our planet a haven of peace and Sport is an excellent vehicle for this Every crisis must be resolved through dialogue hand in hand in consensus and fair play as in a sports competition where healthy competition is made for true and sustainable development In Africa the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa ANOCA has always cherished the Olympic values of solidarity love sharing and fair play all for peace In the past we have contributed our share to sport and we still participate in all major sporting events We were at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games then at the Beijing 2022 Winter Games and we will go to Paris for the 2024 Olympic Games The most important thing will be not only to participate but to raise the white flag of PEACE next to the flame olympic In this concert of nations Africa wants to run at the same pace as all the continents in the permanent search for peace through all the sports disciplines that exist and that are the pride of the Olympic movement The moments of competition are the right occasions to silence everything that knocks us down For example with Sport we resist and counteract the pernicious Covid 19 pandemic The International Olympic Committee and President Thomas BACH have shown the way forward It is the path of resilience and concerted efforts to avoid all adversity This has been possible thanks to Sport and will continue to be so because the Power of Sport is the Power of Peace Together for a Better Life Respectfully Mustapha Berraf IOC Member President of ANOCA
    Olympism: Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) President, Mustapaha Berraf’s Message for Olympic Day 2022
      Sport is a formidable meeting tool that awakens all kinds of emotions and passions These are normal human feelings that must remain so in all the purity inherited from nature Sport involves the entire body of an individual whatever their race size sex complexion appearance appetite tastes pleasures etc Sport far transcends negative values and extinguishes all dark shades of evil Sport only transmits positive vibes This power emanates from his very essence This is the first thing that must be universally understood and retained before attempting to explain all the rules that have entangled Sport through the action of men like us This action has become more serene and credible since the visionary legacy of Pierre De Coubertin bequeathed to posterity an Olympic Movement that we now have a great responsibility to perfect Close to perfection Yes why not We have the means through the power of sport to get closer to perfection On this exceptional day of June 23 2022 when we celebrate Olympism it is enough for us to understand that Sport for Peace must be our common cause Dialogue is an intrinsic part of Sport and therefore must be promoted to establish and maintain peace Many crises divide people and sadden nations We need to unite more people to make our planet a haven of peace and Sport is an excellent vehicle for this Every crisis must be resolved through dialogue hand in hand in consensus and fair play as in a sports competition where healthy competition is made for true and sustainable development In Africa the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa ANOCA has always cherished the Olympic values of solidarity love sharing and fair play all for peace In the past we have contributed our share to sport and we still participate in all major sporting events We were at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games then at the Beijing 2022 Winter Games and we will go to Paris for the 2024 Olympic Games The most important thing will be not only to participate but to raise the white flag of PEACE next to the flame olympic In this concert of nations Africa wants to run at the same pace as all the continents in the permanent search for peace through all the sports disciplines that exist and that are the pride of the Olympic movement The moments of competition are the right occasions to silence everything that knocks us down For example with Sport we resist and counteract the pernicious Covid 19 pandemic The International Olympic Committee and President Thomas BACH have shown the way forward It is the path of resilience and concerted efforts to avoid all adversity This has been possible thanks to Sport and will continue to be so because the Power of Sport is the Power of Peace Together for a Better Life Respectfully Mustapha Berraf IOC Member President of ANOCA
    Olympism: Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) President, Mustapaha Berraf’s Message for Olympic Day 2022
    Africa3 months ago

    Olympism: Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) President, Mustapaha Berraf’s Message for Olympic Day 2022

    Sport is a formidable meeting tool that awakens all kinds of emotions and passions. These are normal human feelings that must remain so in all the purity inherited from nature. Sport involves the entire body of an individual, whatever their race, size, sex, complexion, appearance, appetite, tastes, pleasures, etc.

    Sport far transcends negative values ​​and extinguishes all dark shades of evil. Sport only transmits positive vibes. This power emanates from his very essence.

    This is the first thing that must be universally understood and retained before attempting to explain all the rules that have entangled Sport through the action of men like us.

    This action has become more serene and credible since the visionary legacy of Pierre De Coubertin bequeathed to posterity an Olympic Movement that we now have a great responsibility to perfect.

    Close to perfection? Yes, why not? We have the means through the power of sport to get closer to perfection. On this exceptional day of June 23, 2022, when we celebrate Olympism, it is enough for us to understand that Sport for Peace must be our common cause.

    Dialogue is an intrinsic part of Sport and therefore must be promoted to establish and maintain peace.

    Many crises divide people and sadden nations. We need to unite more people to make our planet a haven of peace, and Sport is an excellent vehicle for this.

    Every crisis must be resolved through dialogue, hand in hand, in consensus and fair play, as in a sports competition where healthy competition is made for true and sustainable development.

    In Africa, the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa, ANOCA, has always cherished the Olympic values ​​of solidarity, love, sharing and fair play, all for peace.

    In the past we have contributed our share to sport and we still participate in all major sporting events. We were at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, then at the Beijing 2022 Winter Games, and we will go to Paris for the 2024 Olympic Games. The most important thing will be not only to participate, but to raise the white flag of PEACE next to the flame olympic

    In this concert of nations, Africa wants to run at the same pace as all the continents in the permanent search for peace through all the sports disciplines that exist and that are the pride of the Olympic movement.

    The moments of competition are the right occasions to silence everything that knocks us down; For example, with Sport we resist and counteract the pernicious Covid-19 pandemic.

    The International Olympic Committee and President Thomas BACH have shown the way forward.

    It is the path of resilience and concerted efforts to avoid all adversity. This has been possible thanks to Sport and will continue to be so because the Power of Sport is the Power of Peace.

    Together for a Better Life. Respectfully, Mustapha Berraf IOC Member President of ANOCA

  •  President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee NOC Habu Gumel said the British High Commission in Lagos had assured his committee of a hitch free Visa issuance to the nation s contingent to the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham This is contained in a statement issued on Friday in Lagos in which Gumel said that the assurance was reached from the meeting between the NOC and the British High Commission s Political Counselor Mr Jonathan Bacon The meeting was held at the ANOCA building the statement said Gumel in the statement stated that the welfare of Nigerian contingent formed part of the discussions at the meeting He however said that the High Commission promised NOC of a hitch free visa issuance provided its contingent meet the prescribed visa requirements and the deadline for the submission of their applications The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 2022 Commonwealth Games also known as Birmingham 2022 will hold in England between July 28 and Aug 8 2022 Gumel said that the NOC decided to hold discussions with the British High Commission so as to be well guided on how to obtain visas for Team Nigeria s contingent that would be participating in the Commonwealth Games NOC s president also said that the British High Commission had provided all the necessary answers to the relevant questions concerning visa applications We are in the process of travelling to Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games Definitely Nigeria contingent will require visas and that is the reason we requested for a meeting with the British High Commission in Nigeria We have received all the guidelines concerning visa processing for our contingent which are very important for us All our questions had been answered We got all the details we wanted at the British High Commission here as regards what is going to happen here and what will happen there in Birmingham We are going to start processing our visas immediately so that members of our contingent will have their visas on time for us to be able to participate in the games and make our country proud he said The statement also quoted Bacon to have said that the British High Commission was ready to partner the NOC to ensure a hitch free visa issuance to Team Nigeria s contingent to Birmingham We have discussed the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in July It is going to be a fantastic event so we have discussed preparations that NOC should make We also discussed visa processing for members of the Games family who will be travelling to the United Kingdom We want to make things as smooth as possible and to ensure that visa applications are submitted as soon as possible We had a fruitful discussion he said NOC s Secretary General Banji Oladapo thanked the British High Commission for its cooperation with NOC and assured the commission that the travelling arrangements for Team Nigeria would be monitored NAN
    Birmingham 2022 C’ Wealth Games: NOC, British High Commission partner NOC on hitch-free visas for contingent
     President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee NOC Habu Gumel said the British High Commission in Lagos had assured his committee of a hitch free Visa issuance to the nation s contingent to the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham This is contained in a statement issued on Friday in Lagos in which Gumel said that the assurance was reached from the meeting between the NOC and the British High Commission s Political Counselor Mr Jonathan Bacon The meeting was held at the ANOCA building the statement said Gumel in the statement stated that the welfare of Nigerian contingent formed part of the discussions at the meeting He however said that the High Commission promised NOC of a hitch free visa issuance provided its contingent meet the prescribed visa requirements and the deadline for the submission of their applications The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 2022 Commonwealth Games also known as Birmingham 2022 will hold in England between July 28 and Aug 8 2022 Gumel said that the NOC decided to hold discussions with the British High Commission so as to be well guided on how to obtain visas for Team Nigeria s contingent that would be participating in the Commonwealth Games NOC s president also said that the British High Commission had provided all the necessary answers to the relevant questions concerning visa applications We are in the process of travelling to Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games Definitely Nigeria contingent will require visas and that is the reason we requested for a meeting with the British High Commission in Nigeria We have received all the guidelines concerning visa processing for our contingent which are very important for us All our questions had been answered We got all the details we wanted at the British High Commission here as regards what is going to happen here and what will happen there in Birmingham We are going to start processing our visas immediately so that members of our contingent will have their visas on time for us to be able to participate in the games and make our country proud he said The statement also quoted Bacon to have said that the British High Commission was ready to partner the NOC to ensure a hitch free visa issuance to Team Nigeria s contingent to Birmingham We have discussed the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in July It is going to be a fantastic event so we have discussed preparations that NOC should make We also discussed visa processing for members of the Games family who will be travelling to the United Kingdom We want to make things as smooth as possible and to ensure that visa applications are submitted as soon as possible We had a fruitful discussion he said NOC s Secretary General Banji Oladapo thanked the British High Commission for its cooperation with NOC and assured the commission that the travelling arrangements for Team Nigeria would be monitored NAN
    Birmingham 2022 C’ Wealth Games: NOC, British High Commission partner NOC on hitch-free visas for contingent
    General news4 months ago

    Birmingham 2022 C’ Wealth Games: NOC, British High Commission partner NOC on hitch-free visas for contingent

    President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Habu Gumel, said the British High Commission  in Lagos, had assured his committee of a hitch-free Visa issuance to the nation’s contingent to the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

     

    This is contained in a statement issued on Friday in Lagos in which Gumel said that  the assurance was reached from the meeting between the NOC and the British High Commission’s Political Counselor, Mr Jonathan Bacon.

     

    The meeting was held at the ANOCA building, the statement said.

     

    Gumel in the statement stated that the welfare of Nigerian contingent formed part of the discussions at the meeting.

     

    He, however, said that the High Commission promised NOC of a hitch-free visa issuance provided its contingent meet the prescribed visa requirements and the deadline for the submission of their applications.

     

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 2022 Commonwealth Games also known as Birmingham 2022 will hold in England between July 28 and Aug.8, 2022.

     

    Gumel said that the NOC decided to hold discussions with the British High Commission so as to be well guided on how to obtain visas for Team Nigeria’s contingent that would be participating in the Commonwealth Games.

     

    NOC’s president also said that the British High Commission had provided all the necessary answers to the relevant questions concerning visa applications.

     

    “We are in the process of travelling to Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games. Definitely, Nigeria contingent will require visas and that is the reason we requested for a meeting with the British High Commission in Nigeria.

     

    “We have received all the guidelines concerning visa processing for our contingent which are very important for us. All our questions had been answered.

     

    “We got all the details we wanted at the British High Commission here as regards what is going to happen here and what will happen there in Birmingham.

     

    “We are going to start processing our visas immediately so that members of our contingent will have their visas on time for us to be able to participate in the games and make our country proud,” he said.

     

    The statement also quoted Bacon to have said that the British High Commission was ready to partner the NOC to ensure a hitch-free visa issuance to Team Nigeria’s contingent to Birmingham.

     

    “We have discussed the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in July. It is going to be a fantastic event, so we have discussed preparations that NOC should make.

     

    “We also discussed visa processing for members of the Games’ family who will be travelling to the United Kingdom.

     

    “We want to make things as smooth as possible and to ensure that visa applications are submitted as soon as possible. We had a fruitful discussion,’’ he said.

     

    NOC’s Secretary General, Banji Oladapo, thanked the British High Commission for its cooperation with NOC and assured the commission that the travelling arrangements for Team Nigeria would be monitored. (

    (NAN)

  •   The Union Cycliste Internationale UCI and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa ANOCA https AfricaOlympic com are pleased to announce that they have joined forces to develop cycling on the African continent in the run up to the The 2025 UCI Road World Championships will be held in Kigali Rwanda A Memorandum of Understanding MOU signed by the two bodies aims to ensure that African countries are well represented with strong podium chances at the UCI flagship event to be held for the first time on the African continent in 2025 The momentum is projected to continue through the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics and beyond The MOU was signed at the UCI headquarters in Aigle Switzerland on Wednesday May 25 as part of the Africa Day celebrations The signing came at the end of fruitful discussions between UCI President David Lappartient UCI Director General Amina Lanaya UCI World Cycling Center WCC Acting Director Jacques Landry President of ANOCA Mustapha Berraf and the head of development of the International Olympic Committee IOC of Sport in Africa Yassine Yousfi The parties agreed on a UCI Cycling Development Strategy that supports African athletes so that they can be competitive by 2025 especially in the Junior and Under 23 categories The strategy begins this year with the identification of athletes from African countries to be chosen for a training camp at the UCI WCC Satellite in Paarl South Africa Selected athletes will be able to train at the UCI WCC in Switzerland or elsewhere in Europe where they will gain the right racing experience for the next three years in the run up to the 2025 UCI Road World Championships in the capital of Rwanda It is anticipated that some 30 athletes male and female will be selected through the physiological tests established by the UCI WCC the results in international races and the recommendations of the UCI certified coaches and the director of the UCI WCC Satellite in Paarl Jean Pierre Van Zyl The UCI WCC the education and training arm of the UCI has already launched the careers of some incredible African athletes for example Eritreans Daniel Teklehaimanot Merhawi Kudus Natnael Berhane and Biniam Girmay and of course Chris Froome who passed his first months in Europe in the UCI WCC after arriving from Kenya in 2007 Several of Africa s UCI WCC trainee athletes have also signed contracts with professional teams and this year the WCC Team a UCI women s continental team has two African members Ethiopian Selam Amha Gerefiel and South African Maude Le Roux After signing the memorandum of understanding UCI President David Lappartient stated When I stated in my 2022 Agenda that I wanted to bring the UCI Road World Championships to Africa for the first time it was part of a larger vision to strengthen our development work on the continent I am incredibly excited to be working together with ANOC to ensure that African athletes are a force to be reckoned with in Kigali three years from now The continent is coming together with talent and we will make sure the whole world witnesses that at the 2025 UCI Road World Championships and beyond
    2025 Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Road World Championships in Rwanda: Union Cycliste Internationale and Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa join forces to develop African riders
      The Union Cycliste Internationale UCI and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa ANOCA https AfricaOlympic com are pleased to announce that they have joined forces to develop cycling on the African continent in the run up to the The 2025 UCI Road World Championships will be held in Kigali Rwanda A Memorandum of Understanding MOU signed by the two bodies aims to ensure that African countries are well represented with strong podium chances at the UCI flagship event to be held for the first time on the African continent in 2025 The momentum is projected to continue through the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics and beyond The MOU was signed at the UCI headquarters in Aigle Switzerland on Wednesday May 25 as part of the Africa Day celebrations The signing came at the end of fruitful discussions between UCI President David Lappartient UCI Director General Amina Lanaya UCI World Cycling Center WCC Acting Director Jacques Landry President of ANOCA Mustapha Berraf and the head of development of the International Olympic Committee IOC of Sport in Africa Yassine Yousfi The parties agreed on a UCI Cycling Development Strategy that supports African athletes so that they can be competitive by 2025 especially in the Junior and Under 23 categories The strategy begins this year with the identification of athletes from African countries to be chosen for a training camp at the UCI WCC Satellite in Paarl South Africa Selected athletes will be able to train at the UCI WCC in Switzerland or elsewhere in Europe where they will gain the right racing experience for the next three years in the run up to the 2025 UCI Road World Championships in the capital of Rwanda It is anticipated that some 30 athletes male and female will be selected through the physiological tests established by the UCI WCC the results in international races and the recommendations of the UCI certified coaches and the director of the UCI WCC Satellite in Paarl Jean Pierre Van Zyl The UCI WCC the education and training arm of the UCI has already launched the careers of some incredible African athletes for example Eritreans Daniel Teklehaimanot Merhawi Kudus Natnael Berhane and Biniam Girmay and of course Chris Froome who passed his first months in Europe in the UCI WCC after arriving from Kenya in 2007 Several of Africa s UCI WCC trainee athletes have also signed contracts with professional teams and this year the WCC Team a UCI women s continental team has two African members Ethiopian Selam Amha Gerefiel and South African Maude Le Roux After signing the memorandum of understanding UCI President David Lappartient stated When I stated in my 2022 Agenda that I wanted to bring the UCI Road World Championships to Africa for the first time it was part of a larger vision to strengthen our development work on the continent I am incredibly excited to be working together with ANOC to ensure that African athletes are a force to be reckoned with in Kigali three years from now The continent is coming together with talent and we will make sure the whole world witnesses that at the 2025 UCI Road World Championships and beyond
    2025 Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Road World Championships in Rwanda: Union Cycliste Internationale and Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa join forces to develop African riders
    Africa4 months ago

    2025 Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Road World Championships in Rwanda: Union Cycliste Internationale and Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa join forces to develop African riders

    The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) (https://AfricaOlympic.com) are pleased to announce that they have joined forces to develop cycling on the African continent in the run-up to the The 2025 UCI Road World Championships will be held in Kigali, Rwanda.

    A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the two bodies aims to ensure that African countries are well represented with strong podium chances at the UCI flagship event to be held for the first time on the African continent in 2025. The momentum is projected to continue through the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics and beyond.

    The MOU was signed at the UCI headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland, on Wednesday May 25, as part of the Africa Day celebrations. The signing came at the end of fruitful discussions between UCI President David Lappartient, UCI Director General Amina Lanaya, UCI World Cycling Center (WCC) Acting Director Jacques Landry, President of ANOCA, Mustapha Berraf, and the head of development of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). of Sport in Africa Yassine Yousfi.

    The parties agreed on a UCI Cycling Development Strategy that supports African athletes so that they can be competitive by 2025, especially in the Junior and Under 23 categories.

    The strategy begins this year with the identification of athletes from African countries to be chosen for a training camp at the UCI WCC Satellite in Paarl, South Africa. Selected athletes will be able to train at the UCI WCC in Switzerland or elsewhere in Europe, where they will gain the right racing experience for the next three years, in the run-up to the 2025 UCI Road World Championships in the capital of Rwanda.

    It is anticipated that some 30 athletes (male and female) will be selected through the physiological tests established by the UCI WCC, the results in international races and the recommendations of the UCI-certified coaches and the director of the UCI WCC Satellite in Paarl, Jean-Pierre Van Zyl.

    The UCI WCC, the education and training arm of the UCI, has already launched the careers of some incredible African athletes, for example Eritreans Daniel Teklehaimanot, Merhawi Kudus, Natnael Berhane and Biniam Girmay, and of course Chris Froome who passed his first months in Europe. in the UCI WCC after arriving from Kenya in 2007. Several of Africa's UCI WCC trainee athletes have also signed contracts with professional teams, and this year the WCC Team, a UCI women's continental team, has two African members . : Ethiopian Selam Amha Gerefiel and South African Maude Le Roux.

    After signing the memorandum of understanding, UCI President David Lappartient stated: “When I stated in my 2022 Agenda that I wanted to bring the UCI Road World Championships to Africa for the first time, it was part of a larger vision. to strengthen our development work on the continent. I am incredibly excited to be working together with ANOC to ensure that African athletes are a force to be reckoned with in Kigali three years from now."

    “The continent is coming together with talent, and we will make sure the whole world witnesses that at the 2025 UCI Road World Championships and beyond.”

  •   Although our continent is beset by enormous challenges and challenges it must be noted that it has the human and intellectual potential to forge a bright future for itself Sport is one of those factors capable of driving the development of Africa which is inevitable The National Olympic Committees of Africa will celebrate Africa Day on May 25 2022 with a call for peace and unity which must be associated with our common desire to promote development on the continent This call is in line with the vision of our governments which is based on their broader vision of Africa since the creation of the African Union in 2002 from the ashes of the Organization of African Unity established in 1963 Faced with the emergence of new political security economic social and cultural challenges Africa must undergo a transformation For this reason the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa ANOCA is committed to making Sport an instrument for the promotion of peace and development Through sport we must encourage healthy competition among African youth It is through them that our continent will experience the desired transformation The ANOCA action plan 2021 2025 gives pride of place to African youth and development Our 50 Olympafrica Centers offer a platform for spreading the Olympic values of solidarity and sharing the joy of effort and fair play We are committed to supporting hundreds of young people in refugee camps with the aim of reintegrating them into active life by giving them the opportunity to return to normal life through sport We have launched a support plan for athletes who were in difficulties at the height of the health crisis imposed by the terrible Covid 19 pandemic since 2020 We prioritize the construction of sports infrastructure by encouraging the governments of the 54 States to make every effort to provide African youth with the necessary comfort to express their prodigious talent Several African countries have made enormous sacrifices in this regard We salute you and thank you sincerely Africa s participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan and the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in China provided an opportunity to assess all the enormous efforts deployed to develop sport and wellness This will be evidenced once again in our expected outstanding participation in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games Olympic and Sporting Africa is also preparing for the organization of the IV African Games in Ghana the African Youth Games and the 2023 African Beach Games in Hammanet Tunisia In 2026 the continent will have the great honor of hosting the Youth Olympic Games in Dakar Senegal All these events contribute to the construction of a world of hope peace and solidarity which Africa needs for its development Sport plays a central role in promoting peace unity and development Therefore the African Olympic movement is completely realistic because the stakes are such that we must unite unite combine our efforts our human logistical and financial resources All our efforts must be directed towards the development of youth a great challenge for the future of Africa Sport attracts young people something that we must make the most of It is the best school of life that should generate economic social and human development It must make our Africa a land of serenity understanding love peace solidarity and fair play all that Olympism holds dear On the occasion of Africa Day 2022 I wish everyone each and every member of the African Olympic and sports family the very best in everything MUSTAPHA BERRAF MEMBER OF THE IOC PRESIDENT OF ANOCA
    ANOCA President’s Message on the Occasion of Africa Day 2022: Africa, Sport and Development
      Although our continent is beset by enormous challenges and challenges it must be noted that it has the human and intellectual potential to forge a bright future for itself Sport is one of those factors capable of driving the development of Africa which is inevitable The National Olympic Committees of Africa will celebrate Africa Day on May 25 2022 with a call for peace and unity which must be associated with our common desire to promote development on the continent This call is in line with the vision of our governments which is based on their broader vision of Africa since the creation of the African Union in 2002 from the ashes of the Organization of African Unity established in 1963 Faced with the emergence of new political security economic social and cultural challenges Africa must undergo a transformation For this reason the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa ANOCA is committed to making Sport an instrument for the promotion of peace and development Through sport we must encourage healthy competition among African youth It is through them that our continent will experience the desired transformation The ANOCA action plan 2021 2025 gives pride of place to African youth and development Our 50 Olympafrica Centers offer a platform for spreading the Olympic values of solidarity and sharing the joy of effort and fair play We are committed to supporting hundreds of young people in refugee camps with the aim of reintegrating them into active life by giving them the opportunity to return to normal life through sport We have launched a support plan for athletes who were in difficulties at the height of the health crisis imposed by the terrible Covid 19 pandemic since 2020 We prioritize the construction of sports infrastructure by encouraging the governments of the 54 States to make every effort to provide African youth with the necessary comfort to express their prodigious talent Several African countries have made enormous sacrifices in this regard We salute you and thank you sincerely Africa s participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan and the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in China provided an opportunity to assess all the enormous efforts deployed to develop sport and wellness This will be evidenced once again in our expected outstanding participation in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games Olympic and Sporting Africa is also preparing for the organization of the IV African Games in Ghana the African Youth Games and the 2023 African Beach Games in Hammanet Tunisia In 2026 the continent will have the great honor of hosting the Youth Olympic Games in Dakar Senegal All these events contribute to the construction of a world of hope peace and solidarity which Africa needs for its development Sport plays a central role in promoting peace unity and development Therefore the African Olympic movement is completely realistic because the stakes are such that we must unite unite combine our efforts our human logistical and financial resources All our efforts must be directed towards the development of youth a great challenge for the future of Africa Sport attracts young people something that we must make the most of It is the best school of life that should generate economic social and human development It must make our Africa a land of serenity understanding love peace solidarity and fair play all that Olympism holds dear On the occasion of Africa Day 2022 I wish everyone each and every member of the African Olympic and sports family the very best in everything MUSTAPHA BERRAF MEMBER OF THE IOC PRESIDENT OF ANOCA
    ANOCA President’s Message on the Occasion of Africa Day 2022: Africa, Sport and Development
    Africa4 months ago

    ANOCA President’s Message on the Occasion of Africa Day 2022: Africa, Sport and Development

    Although our continent is beset by enormous challenges and challenges, it must be noted that it has the human and intellectual potential to forge a bright future for itself. Sport is one of those factors capable of driving the development of Africa, which is inevitable.

    The National Olympic Committees of Africa will celebrate Africa Day on May 25, 2022, with a call for peace and unity, which must be associated with our common desire to promote development on the continent.

    This call is in line with the vision of our governments, which is based on their broader vision of Africa since the creation of the African Union in 2002 from the ashes of the Organization of African Unity, established in 1963.

    Faced with the emergence of new political, security, economic, social and cultural challenges, Africa must undergo a transformation. For this reason, the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) is committed to making Sport an instrument for the promotion of peace and development.

    Through sport, we must encourage healthy competition among African youth. It is through them that our continent will experience the desired transformation.

    The ANOCA action plan 2021-2025 gives pride of place to African youth and development.

    Our 50 Olympafrica Centers offer a platform for spreading the Olympic values ​​of solidarity and sharing, the joy of effort and fair play. We are committed to supporting hundreds of young people in refugee camps with the aim of reintegrating them into active life by giving them the opportunity to return to normal life through sport. We have launched a support plan for athletes, who were in difficulties at the height of the health crisis imposed by the terrible Covid-19 pandemic since 2020. We prioritize the construction of sports infrastructure by encouraging the governments of the 54 States to make every effort to provide African youth with the necessary comfort to express their prodigious talent. Several African countries have made enormous sacrifices in this regard. We salute you and thank you sincerely.

    Africa's participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan and the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in China provided an opportunity to assess all the enormous efforts deployed to develop sport and wellness. This will be evidenced once again in our expected outstanding participation in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

    Olympic and Sporting Africa is also preparing for the organization of the IV African Games in Ghana, the African Youth Games and the 2023 African Beach Games in Hammanet, Tunisia. In 2026, the continent will have the great honor of hosting the Youth Olympic Games in Dakar, Senegal.

    All these events contribute to the construction of a world of hope, peace and solidarity, which Africa needs for its development. Sport plays a central role in promoting peace, unity and development.

    Therefore, the African Olympic movement is completely realistic, because the stakes are such that we must unite, unite, combine our efforts, our human, logistical and financial resources. All our efforts must be directed towards the development of youth, a great challenge for the future of Africa.

    Sport attracts young people, something that we must make the most of. It is the best school of life that should generate economic, social and human development. It must make our Africa a land of serenity, understanding, love, peace, solidarity and fair play, all that Olympism holds dear. On the occasion of Africa Day 2022, I wish everyone, each and every member of the African Olympic and sports family, the very best in everything.

    MUSTAPHA BERRAF MEMBER OF THE IOC PRESIDENT OF ANOCA

  •   The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa ANOCA https AfricaOlympic com and APO Group www APO opa com the leading pan African communications consultancy and press release distribution service announced today a multi year strategic partnership that will give greater international prominence to the Olympic Movement in Africa The association was sealed on Saturday in Abuja Nigeria during the 20th Ordinary General Assembly of ANOCA by ANOCA President Mustapha Berraf and Vivian Casaletti Director of Associations of the APO Group who represented the founder and president of the APO Group Nicolas Pompigne Mognard ANOCA is an international organization based in Abuja bringing together the 54 African National Olympic Committees ANOCA s work includes Foster mediation and conciliation between African National Olympic Committees and governments Provide young athletes with better foundations for success Promote Olympic ideals and values in Africa Participate in the fight against doping corruption and violence Work to unite people through sport to build a peaceful Africa In 2026 Africa will host its first global Olympic Games when the Summer Youth Olympic Games are held in Dakar Senegal ANOCA also runs programs across Africa such as the African Games African Youth Games African Beach Games ANOCA Under 23 Championship Olympic Qualifying Tournaments and ANOCA Women s Olympic Tournaments The partnership will see APO Group support the ANOCA organization in general as well as the individual Olympic associations of the 54 African nations helping them gain international media coverage and achieve greater visibility The pinnacle of sport in Africa The Olympic Movement represents the pinnacle of world sport and ANOCA is the supreme governing body of the Olympic Movement in Africa The organization strives to showcase sport as the ultimate expression of life and healthy competition between nations ANOCA collaborates in harmony with the governments of all African nations with a special focus on creating opportunities for youth through sport By placing sport at the center of education and social cohesion ANOCA helps motivate and inspire young people across the continent APO Group and ANOCA have a shared vision for Africa s development through sport and both organizations are passionate about supporting young or disadvantaged people APO Group is the pan African PR agency for FIFA the NBA and the Basketball Africa League the main official sponsor of Rugby Africa and an official partner of many other leading sporting organisations including the iconic French football club Olympique de Marseille OM and the first Union Cycliste Internationale UCI World Tour team from Africa Team Qhubeka APO Group is also the strategic partner of Getty Images https bit ly 3lBOVW0 in Africa and has established partnerships with the International Sports Press Association AIPS the African Broadcasting Union https bit ly 3ai9qos and the South African Broadcasting Corporation SABC https bit ly 3PN4jwS APO Group is the best at what it does in terms of its media network and expertise and its track record in advocating for sport in Africa is also exceptional It is a natural step for them to join the Olympic Movement in Africa We are delighted to be part of this association as it means greater prominence not only for our member associations but for all African athletes competing on the Olympic stage said Mustapha Berraf President of ANOCA I want to thank ANOC and in particular President Berraf for giving us this wonderful opportunity to engage in African sport at the highest level said APO Group Founder and President Nicolas Pompigne Mognard www Pompigne Mognard com From the moment we met it was clear that we shared a vision of using sport to enrich the lives of people across the continent I look forward to a long collaboration where we can shine a light on the African Olympic Movement and give it the global audience it deserves Olympic Movement in Africa Key Information 54 African countries are part of the Olympic Movement representing a quarter of the world s participating countries All 54 African National Olympic Committees participated in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games 984 accredited African athletes participated in the Tokyo Olympic Games including 415 women and 569 men 38 African athletes won medals at the Tokyo Olympics Africa currently has 50 Olympafrica centers and an African Olympic Academy The Olympafrica Centers are dedicated to caring for African youth through sport training young people in the Olympic values of solidarity fair play and sharing Since its inception the Olympafrica Foundation has contributed to the popularization of the Olympic ideals throughout the African continent and its mission highlights the importance that ANOCA attaches to this emblematic project Millions of young Africans benefit from quality support that enables them to thrive in their environment and contribute to the influence of African youth The ANOCA 2022 2025 strategic plan makes it possible to enhance the impact of the Olympic Movement in the education of youth the improvement of living conditions and a better quality of life for all thanks to the opportunities offered by the Olympafrica Foundation ANOCA has also established a number of events and support programs for African athletes including A development program to provide optimal preparation for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games Events and seminars to increase the opportunities of African athletes on the world stage A conference on the environment taking into account the challenges of sport and sustainable development in Africa A complete set of African Olympic competitions including the All Africa Games All Africa Youth Games Beach Games and Flagship Zone Games ANOCA is also making serious preparations for African athletes to participate in the Winter Olympics and has signed a partnership with South Korea for the training and preparation of athletes for the upcoming Winter Youth Games This is a joint press release from the APO Group and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa ANOCA
    The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) and APO Group announce strategic, multi-year partnership to advance the Olympic Movement in Africa
      The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa ANOCA https AfricaOlympic com and APO Group www APO opa com the leading pan African communications consultancy and press release distribution service announced today a multi year strategic partnership that will give greater international prominence to the Olympic Movement in Africa The association was sealed on Saturday in Abuja Nigeria during the 20th Ordinary General Assembly of ANOCA by ANOCA President Mustapha Berraf and Vivian Casaletti Director of Associations of the APO Group who represented the founder and president of the APO Group Nicolas Pompigne Mognard ANOCA is an international organization based in Abuja bringing together the 54 African National Olympic Committees ANOCA s work includes Foster mediation and conciliation between African National Olympic Committees and governments Provide young athletes with better foundations for success Promote Olympic ideals and values in Africa Participate in the fight against doping corruption and violence Work to unite people through sport to build a peaceful Africa In 2026 Africa will host its first global Olympic Games when the Summer Youth Olympic Games are held in Dakar Senegal ANOCA also runs programs across Africa such as the African Games African Youth Games African Beach Games ANOCA Under 23 Championship Olympic Qualifying Tournaments and ANOCA Women s Olympic Tournaments The partnership will see APO Group support the ANOCA organization in general as well as the individual Olympic associations of the 54 African nations helping them gain international media coverage and achieve greater visibility The pinnacle of sport in Africa The Olympic Movement represents the pinnacle of world sport and ANOCA is the supreme governing body of the Olympic Movement in Africa The organization strives to showcase sport as the ultimate expression of life and healthy competition between nations ANOCA collaborates in harmony with the governments of all African nations with a special focus on creating opportunities for youth through sport By placing sport at the center of education and social cohesion ANOCA helps motivate and inspire young people across the continent APO Group and ANOCA have a shared vision for Africa s development through sport and both organizations are passionate about supporting young or disadvantaged people APO Group is the pan African PR agency for FIFA the NBA and the Basketball Africa League the main official sponsor of Rugby Africa and an official partner of many other leading sporting organisations including the iconic French football club Olympique de Marseille OM and the first Union Cycliste Internationale UCI World Tour team from Africa Team Qhubeka APO Group is also the strategic partner of Getty Images https bit ly 3lBOVW0 in Africa and has established partnerships with the International Sports Press Association AIPS the African Broadcasting Union https bit ly 3ai9qos and the South African Broadcasting Corporation SABC https bit ly 3PN4jwS APO Group is the best at what it does in terms of its media network and expertise and its track record in advocating for sport in Africa is also exceptional It is a natural step for them to join the Olympic Movement in Africa We are delighted to be part of this association as it means greater prominence not only for our member associations but for all African athletes competing on the Olympic stage said Mustapha Berraf President of ANOCA I want to thank ANOC and in particular President Berraf for giving us this wonderful opportunity to engage in African sport at the highest level said APO Group Founder and President Nicolas Pompigne Mognard www Pompigne Mognard com From the moment we met it was clear that we shared a vision of using sport to enrich the lives of people across the continent I look forward to a long collaboration where we can shine a light on the African Olympic Movement and give it the global audience it deserves Olympic Movement in Africa Key Information 54 African countries are part of the Olympic Movement representing a quarter of the world s participating countries All 54 African National Olympic Committees participated in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games 984 accredited African athletes participated in the Tokyo Olympic Games including 415 women and 569 men 38 African athletes won medals at the Tokyo Olympics Africa currently has 50 Olympafrica centers and an African Olympic Academy The Olympafrica Centers are dedicated to caring for African youth through sport training young people in the Olympic values of solidarity fair play and sharing Since its inception the Olympafrica Foundation has contributed to the popularization of the Olympic ideals throughout the African continent and its mission highlights the importance that ANOCA attaches to this emblematic project Millions of young Africans benefit from quality support that enables them to thrive in their environment and contribute to the influence of African youth The ANOCA 2022 2025 strategic plan makes it possible to enhance the impact of the Olympic Movement in the education of youth the improvement of living conditions and a better quality of life for all thanks to the opportunities offered by the Olympafrica Foundation ANOCA has also established a number of events and support programs for African athletes including A development program to provide optimal preparation for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games Events and seminars to increase the opportunities of African athletes on the world stage A conference on the environment taking into account the challenges of sport and sustainable development in Africa A complete set of African Olympic competitions including the All Africa Games All Africa Youth Games Beach Games and Flagship Zone Games ANOCA is also making serious preparations for African athletes to participate in the Winter Olympics and has signed a partnership with South Korea for the training and preparation of athletes for the upcoming Winter Youth Games This is a joint press release from the APO Group and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa ANOCA
    The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) and APO Group announce strategic, multi-year partnership to advance the Olympic Movement in Africa
    Africa4 months ago

    The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) and APO Group announce strategic, multi-year partnership to advance the Olympic Movement in Africa

    The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) (https://AfricaOlympic.com/) and APO Group (www.APO-opa.com), the leading pan-African communications consultancy and press release distribution service, announced today a multi-year strategic partnership that will give greater international prominence to the Olympic Movement in Africa.

    The association was sealed on Saturday in Abuja, Nigeria, during the 20th Ordinary General Assembly of ANOCA, by ANOCA President Mustapha Berraf and Vivian Casaletti, Director of Associations of the APO Group, who represented the founder and president of the APO Group. Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard.

    ANOCA is an international organization based in Abuja, bringing together the 54 African National Olympic Committees. ANOCA's work includes:

    Foster mediation and conciliation between African National Olympic Committees and governments Provide young athletes with better foundations for success Promote Olympic ideals and values ​​in Africa Participate in the fight against doping, corruption and violence Work to unite people through sport to build a peaceful Africa

    In 2026, Africa will host its first global Olympic Games when the Summer Youth Olympic Games are held in Dakar, Senegal.

    ANOCA also runs programs across Africa such as the African Games, African Youth Games, African Beach Games, ANOCA Under-23 Championship, Olympic Qualifying Tournaments and ANOCA Women's Olympic Tournaments.

    The partnership will see APO Group support the ANOCA organization in general, as well as the individual Olympic associations of the 54 African nations, helping them gain international media coverage and achieve greater visibility.

    The pinnacle of sport in Africa

    The Olympic Movement represents the pinnacle of world sport, and ANOCA is the supreme governing body of the Olympic Movement in Africa. The organization strives to showcase sport as the ultimate expression of life and healthy competition between nations.

    ANOCA collaborates in harmony with the governments of all African nations, with a special focus on creating opportunities for youth through sport. By placing sport at the center of education and social cohesion, ANOCA helps motivate and inspire young people across the continent.

    APO Group and ANOCA have a shared vision for Africa's development through sport, and both organizations are passionate about supporting young or disadvantaged people.

    APO Group is the pan-African PR agency for FIFA, the NBA and the Basketball Africa League; the main official sponsor of Rugby Africa; and an official partner of many other leading sporting organisations, including the iconic French football club Olympique de Marseille (OM) and the first Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) World Tour team from Africa, Team Qhubeka.

    APO Group is also the strategic partner of Getty Images (https://bit.ly/3lBOVW0) in Africa and has established partnerships with the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), the African Broadcasting Union (https://bit. ly /3ai9qos), and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) (https://bit.ly/3PN4jwS).

    “APO Group is the best at what it does in terms of its media network and expertise, and its track record in advocating for sport in Africa is also exceptional. It is a natural step for them to join the Olympic Movement in Africa. We are delighted to be part of this association as it means greater prominence not only for our member associations, but for all African athletes competing on the Olympic stage,” said Mustapha Berraf, President of ANOCA.

    “I want to thank ANOC, and in particular President Berraf, for giving us this wonderful opportunity to engage in African sport at the highest level,” said APO Group Founder and President Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard (www.Pompigne-Mognard. com). “From the moment we met, it was clear that we shared a vision of using sport to enrich the lives of people across the continent. I look forward to a long collaboration, where we can shine a light on the African Olympic Movement and give it the global audience it deserves.”

    Olympic Movement in Africa – Key Information

    54 African countries are part of the Olympic Movement, representing a quarter of the world's participating countries All 54 African National Olympic Committees participated in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games 984 accredited African athletes participated in the Tokyo Olympic Games, including 415 women and 569 men 38 African athletes won medals at the Tokyo Olympics

    Africa currently has 50 Olympafrica centers and an African Olympic Academy.

    The Olympafrica Centers are dedicated to caring for African youth through sport, training young people in the Olympic values ​​of solidarity, fair play and sharing. Since its inception, the Olympafrica Foundation has contributed to the popularization of the Olympic ideals throughout the African continent, and its mission highlights the importance that ANOCA attaches to this emblematic project.

    Millions of young Africans benefit from quality support that enables them to thrive in their environment and contribute to the influence of African youth. The ANOCA 2022-2025 strategic plan makes it possible to enhance the impact of the Olympic Movement in the education of youth, the improvement of living conditions and a better quality of life for all thanks to the opportunities offered by the Olympafrica Foundation.

    ANOCA has also established a number of events and support programs for African athletes, including:

    A development program to provide optimal preparation for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games Events and seminars to increase the opportunities of African athletes on the world stage A conference on the environment taking into account the challenges of sport and sustainable development in Africa A complete set of African Olympic competitions including the All Africa Games, All Africa Youth Games, Beach Games and Flagship Zone Games

    ANOCA is also making serious preparations for African athletes to participate in the Winter Olympics and has signed a partnership with South Korea for the training and preparation of athletes for the upcoming Winter Youth Games.

    This is a joint press release from the APO Group and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA).

  •   The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa ANOCA AfricaOlympic com following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with Gangwon Province Republic of Korea on March 16 2022 in Cairo Egypt held a meeting briefing with the National Olympic Committees NOCs on April 20 2022 to inform them about the implementation of the winter sports project The MOU among others will see the two organizations collaborate on the following Promote the success of the 2024 Gangwon Winter Youth Olympic Games Participate in the Winter Sports Support Project for Youth in Snowless Countries Guide the African youth team to participate in the Gangwon 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games Gangwon 2024 Peace Olympic The PyeongChang 2018 Legacy Foundation has been appointed by Gangwon Province to run the project to support youth winter sports in snowless countries In this regard a communication was also sent to all African NOCs to nominate athletes to participate in this project The project will be implemented in phases with the first two week training camp scheduled for late May June 2022 and another in 2023 Athletes born between 2006 and 2009 are eligible to participate in the program They can be into any sport and are interested in playing winter sports The sports that are part of the project are Bobsleigh Skeleton Luge Alpine Ski Cross country Snowboarding Beyond sports training athletes will have educational sessions on anti doping equality human rights and peace All costs related to airfares accommodation meals apparel and equipment will be borne by the PyeongChang 2018 Legacy Foundation 100 athletes will be part of the program with 60 expected to come from the African continent ANOCA President Mr Mustapha Berraf said ANOCA is pleased to work with Gangwon Province PyeongChang Legacy Foundation 2018 and the NOCs in the realization of this project This will give young Africans the opportunity to develop skills in other sports not previously associated with our continent We will continue to identify key strategic partnerships with potential organizations and partners in the development of sport on the African continent ANOCA will be represented in the project team by IOC Member Mr William Blick and Technical Director Ms Ezera Tshabangu while the PyeongChang 2018 Legacy Foundation will be represented by Mr Arram Kim Director of Education
    Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) brief National Olympic Committees (NOCs) on the implementation of the winter sport project
      The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa ANOCA AfricaOlympic com following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with Gangwon Province Republic of Korea on March 16 2022 in Cairo Egypt held a meeting briefing with the National Olympic Committees NOCs on April 20 2022 to inform them about the implementation of the winter sports project The MOU among others will see the two organizations collaborate on the following Promote the success of the 2024 Gangwon Winter Youth Olympic Games Participate in the Winter Sports Support Project for Youth in Snowless Countries Guide the African youth team to participate in the Gangwon 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games Gangwon 2024 Peace Olympic The PyeongChang 2018 Legacy Foundation has been appointed by Gangwon Province to run the project to support youth winter sports in snowless countries In this regard a communication was also sent to all African NOCs to nominate athletes to participate in this project The project will be implemented in phases with the first two week training camp scheduled for late May June 2022 and another in 2023 Athletes born between 2006 and 2009 are eligible to participate in the program They can be into any sport and are interested in playing winter sports The sports that are part of the project are Bobsleigh Skeleton Luge Alpine Ski Cross country Snowboarding Beyond sports training athletes will have educational sessions on anti doping equality human rights and peace All costs related to airfares accommodation meals apparel and equipment will be borne by the PyeongChang 2018 Legacy Foundation 100 athletes will be part of the program with 60 expected to come from the African continent ANOCA President Mr Mustapha Berraf said ANOCA is pleased to work with Gangwon Province PyeongChang Legacy Foundation 2018 and the NOCs in the realization of this project This will give young Africans the opportunity to develop skills in other sports not previously associated with our continent We will continue to identify key strategic partnerships with potential organizations and partners in the development of sport on the African continent ANOCA will be represented in the project team by IOC Member Mr William Blick and Technical Director Ms Ezera Tshabangu while the PyeongChang 2018 Legacy Foundation will be represented by Mr Arram Kim Director of Education
    Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) brief National Olympic Committees (NOCs) on the implementation of the winter sport project
    Africa5 months ago

    Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) brief National Olympic Committees (NOCs) on the implementation of the winter sport project

    The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) (AfricaOlympic.com), following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with Gangwon Province, Republic of Korea, on March 16, 2022 in Cairo, Egypt, held a meeting briefing with the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) on April 20, 2022 to inform them about the implementation of the winter sports project. The MOU, among others, will see the two organizations collaborate on the following:

    Promote the success of the 2024 Gangwon Winter Youth Olympic Games Participate in the Winter Sports Support Project for Youth in Snowless Countries Guide the African youth team to participate in the Gangwon 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games Gangwon 2024 'Peace Olympic'

    The PyeongChang 2018 Legacy Foundation has been appointed by Gangwon Province to run the project to support youth winter sports in snowless countries. In this regard, a communication was also sent to all African NOCs to nominate athletes to participate in this project. The project will be implemented in phases, with the first two-week training camp scheduled for late May/June 2022 and another in 2023. Athletes born between 2006 and 2009 are eligible to participate in the program. They can be into any sport and are interested in playing winter sports. The sports that are part of the project are Bobsleigh, Skeleton, Luge, Alpine Ski, Cross country, Snowboarding. Beyond sports training, athletes will have educational sessions on anti-doping, equality, human rights and peace. All costs related to airfares, accommodation, meals, apparel and equipment will be borne by the PyeongChang 2018 Legacy Foundation. 100 athletes will be part of the program, with 60 expected to come from the African continent.

    ANOCA President, Mr. Mustapha Berraf, said: “ANOCA is pleased to work with Gangwon Province, PyeongChang Legacy Foundation 2018 and the NOCs in the realization of this project. This will give young Africans the opportunity to develop skills in other sports not previously associated with our continent. We will continue to identify key strategic partnerships with potential organizations and partners in the development of sport on the African continent."

    ANOCA will be represented in the project team by IOC Member Mr. William Blick and Technical Director Ms. Ezera Tshabangu, while the PyeongChang 2018 Legacy Foundation will be represented by Mr. Arram Kim, Director of Education .

  •   The 9th International Day of Sport dubbed International Day of Sport for Development and Peace to be celebrated on April 6 2022 provides another opportunity for ANOCA www AfricaOlympic com President Mustapha Berraf convey a message of peace and solidarity to the African and global sports community Message from the President of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa ANOCA Mr Mustapha Berraf Dear brothers and sisters of the African Olympic family As has been a tradition since 2014 on April 6 2022 the sports and Olympic community will take the necessary time on the occasion of the IX International Day of Sport for Development and Peace to exalt the role of sport as a factor of emancipation and unity among peoples community development peace and understanding which promotes the construction of peace in the world ANOCA as the highest governing body of the African Olympic Movement takes this opportunity to point out that this Day is celebrated in a context of conflicts that affect the continent and hinder economic social and cultural development The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in which the 54 NOC members of ANOC participated was an exceptional showcase for the promotion of the values of peace and solidarity which have been our strength since Pierre de Coubertin Athletes from the four corners of the world in unison with those from Africa hoisted the Olympic flag and exhibited sport as the expression of life and healthy competition between nations The participation of refugee athletes further reaffirmed the IOC s ideal of making the world s athletes champions of peace and understanding between human beings through sport I salute the joint action of the International Olympic Committee IOC and the United Nations UN in building a world of peace and harmony through sport We celebrate this Day thanks to them Proclaimed by the United Nations on August 23 2013 at the initiative of the International Olympic Committee the International Day of Sports called International Day of Sports for Development and Peace and celebrated every April 6 establishes a historical link with the opening date of the first Olympic Games of the modern era in 1896 This year we will also remember that the entire world and Africa in particular has experienced three years of trauma due to the terrible Covid 19 pandemic In the face of Covid 19 Africa remained dignified united and knew how to put aside all individualistic desires and inflated egos to focus on athletes coaches leaders and sports promoters who were at a crossroads at that time I would like to express my gratitude to the continental sports organizations that came together around ANOCA to find viable solutions for athletes and their coaches We are not completely out of the woods yet but these moments of respite give room for optimism and time for reflection I salute the resilience of the African Olympic and Sports Movement which has been able to cope with this pandemic and is gradually recovering as evidenced by face to face meetings and the organization of general public events that can now attract crowds of spectators However in this critical period when the threat of the coronavirus still looms and may resurface at any time we must in synergy remain vigilant and work with kind souls to foster notions of understanding brotherhood and solidarity more than ever Through sport As Africa joins the rest of the world in celebrating this International Day the continent and the world in general are shaken by a series of crises that devastate parts of our continental and global space such as the war in Ukraine Regarding the latter ANOCA stands with the IOC which has stripped Russia of certain Olympic honors and supports the Olympic community in Ukraine ANOCA has heeded the IOC s call for peace and an end to this war which is causing deep division and suffering I wish to remind us of the ancient Greek tradition of the EKECHEIRIA or Olympic Truce Pact dedicated to the spirit of brotherhood and understanding between peoples The fact that the Olympic Movement and the United Nations share the same ideals of tolerance fair play and peace cannot be overstated Sport can and should serve peace Governments have an essential role to play especially with young people in the development of sport which is an integral part of education and is the glue of social cohesion a factor of national identity Convinced of the nobility and serenity of the Olympic flame ANOCA has been since its inception aware of the role of sport as a powerful vector for building peace Beyond the meetings organized regularly to combine sport and peace the association has become the great promoter of the noble objective of the Olympic Truce between the States of the Continent On this day ANOC calls on all stakeholders of the African Olympic and Sports Movement and governments to celebrate the values of sport and promote peace and youth development in Africa and the world for a calm and peaceful planet Mustapha Berraf IOC Member ANOC President Holder of the African Olympic Order Holder of the ANOC Olympic Order Holder of the IOC Olympic Order
    Africa – International Day of Sport 2022 (April 6): Message from the President of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), Mr Mustapha Berraf
      The 9th International Day of Sport dubbed International Day of Sport for Development and Peace to be celebrated on April 6 2022 provides another opportunity for ANOCA www AfricaOlympic com President Mustapha Berraf convey a message of peace and solidarity to the African and global sports community Message from the President of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa ANOCA Mr Mustapha Berraf Dear brothers and sisters of the African Olympic family As has been a tradition since 2014 on April 6 2022 the sports and Olympic community will take the necessary time on the occasion of the IX International Day of Sport for Development and Peace to exalt the role of sport as a factor of emancipation and unity among peoples community development peace and understanding which promotes the construction of peace in the world ANOCA as the highest governing body of the African Olympic Movement takes this opportunity to point out that this Day is celebrated in a context of conflicts that affect the continent and hinder economic social and cultural development The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in which the 54 NOC members of ANOC participated was an exceptional showcase for the promotion of the values of peace and solidarity which have been our strength since Pierre de Coubertin Athletes from the four corners of the world in unison with those from Africa hoisted the Olympic flag and exhibited sport as the expression of life and healthy competition between nations The participation of refugee athletes further reaffirmed the IOC s ideal of making the world s athletes champions of peace and understanding between human beings through sport I salute the joint action of the International Olympic Committee IOC and the United Nations UN in building a world of peace and harmony through sport We celebrate this Day thanks to them Proclaimed by the United Nations on August 23 2013 at the initiative of the International Olympic Committee the International Day of Sports called International Day of Sports for Development and Peace and celebrated every April 6 establishes a historical link with the opening date of the first Olympic Games of the modern era in 1896 This year we will also remember that the entire world and Africa in particular has experienced three years of trauma due to the terrible Covid 19 pandemic In the face of Covid 19 Africa remained dignified united and knew how to put aside all individualistic desires and inflated egos to focus on athletes coaches leaders and sports promoters who were at a crossroads at that time I would like to express my gratitude to the continental sports organizations that came together around ANOCA to find viable solutions for athletes and their coaches We are not completely out of the woods yet but these moments of respite give room for optimism and time for reflection I salute the resilience of the African Olympic and Sports Movement which has been able to cope with this pandemic and is gradually recovering as evidenced by face to face meetings and the organization of general public events that can now attract crowds of spectators However in this critical period when the threat of the coronavirus still looms and may resurface at any time we must in synergy remain vigilant and work with kind souls to foster notions of understanding brotherhood and solidarity more than ever Through sport As Africa joins the rest of the world in celebrating this International Day the continent and the world in general are shaken by a series of crises that devastate parts of our continental and global space such as the war in Ukraine Regarding the latter ANOCA stands with the IOC which has stripped Russia of certain Olympic honors and supports the Olympic community in Ukraine ANOCA has heeded the IOC s call for peace and an end to this war which is causing deep division and suffering I wish to remind us of the ancient Greek tradition of the EKECHEIRIA or Olympic Truce Pact dedicated to the spirit of brotherhood and understanding between peoples The fact that the Olympic Movement and the United Nations share the same ideals of tolerance fair play and peace cannot be overstated Sport can and should serve peace Governments have an essential role to play especially with young people in the development of sport which is an integral part of education and is the glue of social cohesion a factor of national identity Convinced of the nobility and serenity of the Olympic flame ANOCA has been since its inception aware of the role of sport as a powerful vector for building peace Beyond the meetings organized regularly to combine sport and peace the association has become the great promoter of the noble objective of the Olympic Truce between the States of the Continent On this day ANOC calls on all stakeholders of the African Olympic and Sports Movement and governments to celebrate the values of sport and promote peace and youth development in Africa and the world for a calm and peaceful planet Mustapha Berraf IOC Member ANOC President Holder of the African Olympic Order Holder of the ANOC Olympic Order Holder of the IOC Olympic Order
    Africa – International Day of Sport 2022 (April 6): Message from the President of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), Mr Mustapha Berraf
    Africa6 months ago

    Africa – International Day of Sport 2022 (April 6): Message from the President of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), Mr Mustapha Berraf

    The 9th International Day of Sport, dubbed “International Day of Sport for Development and Peace”, to be celebrated on April 6, 2022, provides another opportunity for ANOCA (www.AfricaOlympic.com) President Mustapha Berraf , convey a message of peace and solidarity. to the African and global sports community.

    Message from the President of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), Mr. Mustapha Berraf:

    Dear brothers and sisters of the African Olympic family,

    As has been a tradition since 2014, on April 6, 2022, the sports and Olympic community will take the necessary time on the occasion of the IX International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, to exalt the role of sport as a factor of emancipation. and unity among peoples, community development, peace and understanding, which promotes the construction of peace in the world.

    ANOCA, as the highest governing body of the African Olympic Movement, takes this opportunity to point out that this Day is celebrated in a context of conflicts that affect the continent and hinder economic, social and cultural development.

    The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in which the 54 NOC members of ANOC participated, was an exceptional showcase for the promotion of the values ​​of peace and solidarity, which have been our strength since Pierre de Coubertin. Athletes from the four corners of the world, in unison with those from Africa, hoisted the Olympic flag and exhibited sport as the expression of life and healthy competition between nations.

    The participation of refugee athletes further reaffirmed the IOC's ideal of making the world's athletes champions of peace and understanding between human beings through sport.

    I salute the joint action of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United Nations (UN) in building a world of peace and harmony through sport. We celebrate this Day thanks to them. Proclaimed by the United Nations on August 23, 2013, at the initiative of the International Olympic Committee, the International Day of Sports, called "International Day of Sports for Development and Peace" and celebrated every April 6, establishes a historical link with the opening date of the first Olympic Games of the modern era in 1896.

    This year we will also remember that the entire world, and Africa in particular, has experienced three years of trauma due to the terrible Covid-19 pandemic.

    In the face of Covid-19, Africa remained dignified, united and knew how to put aside all individualistic desires and inflated egos to focus on athletes, coaches, leaders and sports promoters who were at a crossroads at that time.

    I would like to express my gratitude to the continental sports organizations that came together around ANOCA to find viable solutions for athletes and their coaches. We are not completely out of the woods yet, but these moments of respite give room for optimism and time for reflection.

    I salute the resilience of the African Olympic and Sports Movement, which has been able to cope with this pandemic and is gradually recovering, as evidenced by face-to-face meetings and the organization of “general public” events that can now attract crowds of spectators. .

    However, in this critical period when the threat of the coronavirus still looms and may resurface at any time, we must, in synergy, remain vigilant and work with kind souls to foster notions of understanding, brotherhood and solidarity, more than ever. . , Through sport.

    As Africa joins the rest of the world in celebrating this International Day, the continent and the world in general are shaken by a series of crises that devastate parts of our continental and global space, such as the war in Ukraine. Regarding the latter, ANOCA stands with the IOC, which has stripped Russia of certain Olympic honors and supports the Olympic community in Ukraine. ANOCA has heeded the IOC's call for peace and an end to this war, which is causing deep division and suffering.

    I wish to remind us of the ancient Greek tradition of the “EKECHEIRIA” or “Olympic Truce Pact” dedicated to the spirit of brotherhood and understanding between peoples. The fact that the Olympic Movement and the United Nations share the same ideals of tolerance, fair play and peace cannot be overstated.

    Sport can and should serve peace.

    Governments have an essential role to play, especially with young people, in the development of sport, which is an integral part of education and is the glue of social cohesion, a factor of national identity.

    Convinced of the nobility and serenity of the Olympic flame, ANOCA has been, since its inception, aware of the role of sport as a powerful vector for building peace. Beyond the meetings organized regularly to combine sport and peace, the association has become the great promoter of the noble objective of the Olympic Truce between the States of the Continent.

    On this day, ANOC calls on all stakeholders of the African Olympic and Sports Movement and governments to celebrate the values ​​of sport and promote peace and youth development in Africa and the world for a calm and peaceful planet. .

    Mustapha Berraf IOC Member ANOC President Holder of the African Olympic Order Holder of the ANOC Olympic Order Holder of the IOC Olympic Order