A prominent feature of the 34th Seminar for Secretaries General of African NOCs was the opening ceremony on 12 October. It brought together a host of dignitaries including Cape Verde’s Sports Minister, Fernando Elísio Freire, ANOCA President, Intendant General Lassana Palenfo, the President of NOC Cape Verde, Filomena Fortes, representatives of Olympic Solidarity, NOC delegates and presidents of the country’s national sports federations.
While welcoming participants, the President of NOC Cape Verde, Filomena Fortes, underscored the importance of such a meeting, which contributes in further consolidating the friendly collaboration ties between African NOCs. Taking the floor thereafter, ANOCA President, Intendant General Lassana Palenfo, hailed “the harmony and the cooperation ties existing in the Cape Verde Islands between the public authorities and the National Olympic and Sports Movement… It should be noted that the convergence of visions and actions undertaken jointly at the service of youth and sport, are assets that bring in the strength and shared vitality needed to promote physical and sporting activities, and which makes them lasting and irreversible,” he said.
While opening the seminar, Cape Verde’s Sports Minister, Fernando Elisio Freire, declared that “sport is a school of values and responsible citizenry. Investing in sport is one of the means of training a citizen with new attitudes and new behaviours in relation to the country and in relation to the world. As a matter of fact, here in Cape Verde, sport is considered with interest and enthusiasm! Our society is generally very open to sport, which in its various facets is a major element for regulatory and social balance.”
The opening ceremony was capped with the signing of the Protocol Agreement between NOC Cape Verde and ANOCA for the organisation of the maiden Africa Beach Games, Sal 2019, and a group photograph.
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Senegal hosted a regional workshop on 25 October 2017 on how to protect integrity in sport and address the new form of criminality involving the manipulation of competitions and other threats to integrity in sport.