The management of Olympic Solidarity funds and programmes in Africa hit a milestone during the 2017 Africa Regional Olympic Solidarity Forum held in Cotonou, as ANOCA and the Olympic Solidarity commission concluded co-management agreement on that occasion. According to the ANOCA Director of Administration and Finance, Philémon Sakouma, the agreement entrusts ANOCA with a greater responsibility (decision making, implementation, technical and financial management) for continental programmes for NOCs recognised by the IOC. Henceforth, ANOCA will issue programme directives, and jointly verify and approve applications submitted by NOCs with Olympic Solidarity, which will further ensure payments are made to NOCs on behalf of ANOCA.
The agreement thus represents a distinctive landmark in relations between both institutions while entrusting more responsibilities to the supreme governing body of the African Olympic Movement, which has always made continental youth development a focal concern.
Led by President Lassana Palenfo, participants in the 34th seminar for Secretaries General of African NOCs were on an inspection tour of one of the competition venues of the maiden Africa Beach Games on Saturd
After the paper by Rodney Swigelaar (WADA Africa) there was unanimity as to the absolute need for NOCs to work in close collaboration with their Governments on the issue.