On 13 and 14 August 2017, Burkina Faso was hit by a terrorist attack in a café-restaurant in the capital city, Ougadougou. Official reports indicate that 18 people died, amongst them 2 attackers, while 22 others were injured. Concerned with such a tragedy that has struck one of its member NOCs, the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) is saddened and stands with the people of Burkina Faso in these trying times.
Moved by the tragedy, ANOCA President, Intendant General Lassana Palenfo, extends his sympathy to the people and authorities of Burkina Faso: “I wish, in these sad circumstances, on my personal behalf and on behalf of our association as a whole, to extend our heartfelt condolences to the affected people of Burkina Faso in general, and the bereaved families in particular. ANOCA condemns, in the strongest terms, all the violent unjustified acts by destructive obscurantist terrorists who targeted innocent victims in Ouagadougou.”
The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa was constituted on 28 June 1981 with the goal of federating all NOCs of the Continent around Olympic ideals and promoting sport and total youth development. Furthermore, ANOCA recognises sport as a powerful tool and an engine for positive social change, and as a significant factor for community development, peacekeeping and reconciliation.
ANOCA’s comforting message to the people of Burkina Faso is in keeping with its vision to always act in solidarity with people in distress.
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