ST GEORGE’S, November 21, 2016 (GOC) – The Grenada Olympic Committee, Inc (GOC) was represented at the 2016 Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly in Doha, Qatar last week.
GOC President, Royston LaHee and general secretary, Veda Bruno-Victor were among more than 1,000 representatives from 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and International Sport Federations who participated in the two-day meeting at the Qatar Convention Centre.
The 21st ANOC General Assembly incorporated the 2016 ANOC Awards Ceremony, including awards for Best Male and Female of Rio 2016, Best Male Team and Female Team, Best National Olympic Committee, Most Inspirational Performance, Inspiring Hope Through Sport, Outstanding Contribution to the Olympic Movement, and Outstanding Lifetime Achievement.
South African 400 metres runner Wayde van Niekerk and Puerto Rican tennis player Monica Puig claimed the best male and best female athletes of Rio 2016 titles
The British Olympic Association (BOA) was awarded the most successful NOC of Rio 2016 award after finishing second on the medals table at the Brazilian Games.
Puerto Rico, Bahrain, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kosovo, Singapore, Tajikistan, Vietnam and Fiji were handed breakthrough NOC awards after taking a first Olympic gold in Rio.
The Refugee Olympic Team received an ANOC Award for Inspiring Hope through Sport, while Rio 2016 and Brazilian Olympic Committee President Carlos Nuzman received a special award celebrating the success of Rio 2016.
Prague and Tokyo have been confirmed as hosts of the next two editions of the ANOC General Assembly in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Meanwhile, an informal meeting of the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC), chaired by interim Trinidad and Tobago’s President Brian Lewis, took place directly after the General Assembly.
The Caribbean delegates, including LaHee and Bruno-Victor, discussed among other things the selection of a candidate for the Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO) Presidency which will be held during the General Assembly in Montevideo, Uruguay on April 27 and 28.
St Vincent and Grenadines Olympic Committee general secretary Keith Joseph, St Lucian International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Richard Peterkin, Dominican Republic’s José Joaquín Puello, Chilean Olympic Committee President Neven Ilic and Brazilian Olympic Committee President Carlos Nuzman are contending for the presidency of PASO.
However, CANOC is hoping to endorse a candidate at their Extraordinary General Assembly scheduled for Barranquilla, Colombia in February.
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