Chile Holds First ANOC Executive Committee Meeting
Led by Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, the highest authorities of the Association of National Olympic Committees and Olympic Solidarity headed by Deputy Director of the IOC, Pere Miró, held their first high-level meetings of 2018 in Santiago, Chile.
The meeting was historic for both organizations, as they were the first ANOC and OS meetings in Chile. Despite long flights and jet lag, the meetings were successful.
Outside of the meetings, the global Olympic leaders visited the historic center of the city, Cerro San Cristóbal and the Palacio de la Moneda where they were received by new Chilean President Sebastián Piñera. They also visited the NOC offices of Chile to participate in the inauguration of the new Olympic Café of the institution that was built using funds from Olympic Solidarity programs.
Among the topics discussed in the meetings were the successful development of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, the preparation of athletes for upcoming competitions and above all, ANOC’s inaugural World Beach Games that will be held in San Diego, California in 2019.
“We are very happy and very proud of the effort that Chile has put into organizing this visit, and especially of the President of Panam Sports and my friend, Neven Ilic. We really felt at home. It was an honor to have visited the President of the Republic, he was very kind. They have been very productive days of meetings and we are ecstatic,” said ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad.
For Panam Sports President Neven Ilic, organizer of the gatherings in Chile, the meetings “fulfilled their objective, they advanced on many issues related to future competitions, the programs and help to the countries that Olympic Solidarity and the IOC gives us, and I think everyone left very happy to have met my country. I thanked them for the tremendous effort they made to travel so many hours, to put up with jet lag and to be present here. It was an extraordinary experience and they will always be welcome in Chile.”
The next meeting of the ANOC Executive Committee will be in November before the annual ANOC General Assembly that will be held in the 2020 Olympic host city of Tokyo.