On 10 May 2017, in Djibouti, sporting Africa witnessed a moment that will most certainly impact its future in our constant quest to promote sport and defend the values of Olympism: the election of a new Executive Committee of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA). As a matter of fact, ANOCA General Assembly members voted for continuity and innovation in order to materialise our ambitious project for the next four years.
We have taken full measure of the responsibility entrusted to us, an honour indeed. aware of our missions and the expectations of stakeholders, we convened the 52nd ordinary session of our Executive Committee on 3 August 2017. It afforded us an ideal opportunity to chart a course for the implementation of the project presented to delegates during the Djibouti election. After that strategic meeting, the first of its kind, I can say, as this Olympiad takes off, that we are now set to tackle the next four years, which are quite promising in terms of projects and continental and international sports events. It will be our utter pleasure, throughout this quadrennial just beginning, to live with you all the great moments that will most certainly showcase the glory and the success of our continental youth development actions. We shall over the next four years sustain the actions that benefit our youths who, despite the odds, have always sought to make a show of their potential; they have been so inspiring and some of them did us very proud during the world athletics championships in London. I wish, in this regard, to hail all the worthy daughters and noble sons of the Continent who represented Africa at that event. Some won medals, others did not; I hereby convey to all of them the acknowledgements of ANOCA for all their performances and their admirable conduct on and off the tracks.
Our courageous youths, they who contribute in projecting a positive image of Africa, will for the coming four years unite us around action, the implementation of projects, the absolute need, in terms of Olympic medal haul, to perform better than we did in the Rio Games in 2016. We shall, together, strive to spur them into further action. To this end, I wish to announce that, since 1 September 2017, we made available to athletes of the Continent Olympic scholarships, which will enable them to better fine tune preparations for various continental and world events, especially the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, which will cap the ongoing quadrennial.
In Abuja, we resolved strongly, for the progress of African sport, that everyone will be allowed to fully play their role during this Olympiad. Our posture thus warrants us to shift into full gear and tackle African youth development and sports projects, notably the organisation in 2018 of the 3rd African Youth Games and the maiden Africa Beach Games in 2019, participation in the 2018 summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, not forgetting the full deployment of Olympafrica in the Continent.
After electing a new Executive Committee and effectively convening the 52nd ordinary session of the body, ANOCA has definitely opened a new page. We shall, henceforth, endeavour to accomplish our main mission of working for the utter fulfilment of our continental youth, diligently and surely!
Intendant General Lassana Palenfo, President of ANOCA