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GNOC delegation in ANOCA Elective Congress in Abidjan

Jul 15, 2013, 9:59 AM

An official delegation from the Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, attended the 15th ordinary session of the General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) which ended in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

The Gambia delegation, led by the president of the GNOC, Alhagie Momodou Dibba, comprises Secretary General Peter Prom and Media Attaché Namory Trawally billed from 12 and 13 July 2013.

They were expected to join GNOC first Vice President of GNOC and IOC member Beatrice Allen, who was invited as African representative at the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The date and venue of the general assembly were made official pursuant to article 9.1 of the ANOCA Constitution and the decision taken by all NOCs during the Maputo General Assembly on 4 September 2011.

The session, which by virtue of article 8.3 of the ANOCA Constitution shall be an elective one, is coming up on the threshold of the 2013-2016 Olympiad.

As such, Executive Committee Members of the governing body of the African Olympic Movement for the 2013 - 2016 quadrennial shall be elected during that session, which shall also endorse the election of various ANOCA development zone representatives within the Executive Committee.

The tentative agenda also features: Adoption of minutes of the 14th Ordinary General Assembly held in Maputo, Policy Message of the President, Treasurer General’s Report, 2011 and 2012 Audit Reports by the Auditor, PriceWaterHouse, Adoption of the 2013-2016 budgets, Reports by ANOCA Commissions, Announcements by partners and host cities of some Games, Renewal of the term of the Auditors or appointment of a new Auditor…..

In the words of ANOCA President, Intendant General Lassana Palenfo, “Confirming the date of this session is in keeping with our constitution and the decision of all members of NOCs. During these deliberations, we shall most certainly adopt development strategies which will enable us run the 2013-2016 Olympiad smoothly, and for the good of African Youth.”

By midnight on 31 May 2013, the ANOCA Secretariat General had received a host of files from postulants to various elective positions within the Executive Board of the governing body of the African Olympic Movement. That in fact, was the deadline for the submission of applications for the elections scheduled to take place in Abidjan.

The ANOCA annual elective general assembly formally approved General Lassana Palenfo for a third and final term as President, an exercise that also saw long-serving Zimbabwean sports administrator Tomas Sithole voted as the secretary general, AIPS reported.

IOC President Jacque Rogge, Vice President Thomas Bach and ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah were part of a host of dignitaries from the Olympic movement that attended Friday’s elective assembly.

Nigeria’s Habu Ahmed Gumel was unopposed and retained his treasurer’s seat, and so did the First Vice President Algerian Mustafa Berraf who topped the votes of 26-15 against his challenger Chad’s Moussa Mahamat.