Special Message delivered during the official launch of Olympic scholarships for Tokyo 2020
Dear friends of the African Olympic family,
Olympic scholarships for the 2017-2020 Olympiad were effectively launched in Africa on 1 September 2017. These scholarships will be used not only to help prepare our athletes adequately for future events, but also to build the capacities of coaches. We look forward to further enhancing our cooperation with Olympic Solidarity during the current Olympiad and strengthening the slogan “Common Struggle, common cause” adopted by our two institutions. Same struggle, same cause for the furtherance of sport and Olympic values for which we are resolved and to which we are committed in a bid to play the historic role incumbent on us at this defining moment in history, following the adoption of Agenda 2020 by the IOC. First of all, ANOCA is particularly pleased that during the 2013-2016 Olympiad, National Olympic Committees made good use of Olympic Solidarity funded projects and programmes. All the 54 ANOCA member NOCs benefited directly from Olympic Solidarity funding, as 3,012 individual projects were executed with funds from this strategic partner of the African Olympic Movement.
As we are all well aware, as from this Olympiad, ANOCA and the Olympic Solidarity Commission have reached an agreement on co-responsibility in the management of Olympic Solidarity funds and programmes in Africa. The agreement marks a milestone in relations between our association and this partner, and also gives us greater responsibility in our constant continental youth development mission, hence the historic importance of 1 September 2017, the day Olympic Solidarity effectively launched Olympic scholarships for Tokyo 2020 in Africa. The scholarships will contribute in strengthening the sport system in Africa for now and the future, since athletes and coaches must, as essential links in the chain of the continental Olympic and Sport Movement, be the focus of our daily actions. This overriding requirement must be a constant concern for us, officials of the of the African Olympic Movement, given that you all, NOCs of Africa, constitute ANOCA.
These scholarships, together with many other Olympic Solidarity projects and programmes, add to the multiple opportunities afforded athletes and coaches to prepare for future events. Worthy of mention in this regard is the one million-dollar grant ANOCA hopes to make available to athletes to enable them prepare fully for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. In the same vein, cooperation between our institution and many other partner organisations will help our athletes fine-tune preparations for these games in a number of training centres in Africa, Europe and America.
Dear friends of the African Olympic family, the launch of Olympic Solidarity scholarships in Africa certainly gives the kick-off to the preparation process of our athletes on the road to Tokyo 2020. I fervently call on member NOCs to equally take full advantage of the many Olympic Solidarity programmes in their respective countries. We should further rally around our values and face the challenge together by getting involved, in each of our countries, in grooming young champions who will do Africa proud. Let’s place youth development at the centre of all our actions. As major players of the African Olympic and Sports Movement, we have the weighty responsibility to develop Africa. By virtue of the fact that it is pleasing to youths and is easily accessible, sport in our continent, more than anywhere else in the world, is a powerful tool for the erection of an Africa for the future.
Dear friends, our African Olympic Movement has a basic human development mission, that of mainly grooming youths who will build our Africa of tomorrow; we must, all together, contribute in efficiently accomplishing the said mission for the good of Olympism, African youths and Olympism in Africa.
Intendant General Lassana Palenfo, President of ANOCA
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