In partnership with ANOCA and the host NOCs of Zambia and Benin, Olympic Solidarity recently organised two regional forums for African NOCs with a view to enhancing the management of national Olympic structures for the 2017-2020 Olympiad and sharing experience amongst NOCs so as to make the most of this Olympiad. The forums held in two phases, the first bringing together English speaking NOCs from 20 to 24 April in Lusaka, Zambia, and the second for French speaking NOCs from 21 to 25 May 2017 in Cotonou, Benin.
During the deliberations, the NOC representatives shared their various experiences, while representatives of ANOCA and Olympic Solidarity used the opportunity to discuss funding strategies for projects in Africa for the 2017-2020 quadrennial.
Delegates were intent on finding the most workable strategy likely to translate IOC Agenda 2020 into concrete actions in Africa. They also discussed the new Olympic Solidarity platform for communication with Africa NOCs (training of coaches and athletes, etc.). The deliberations were held in plenary sessions and workshops. Workshops dwelled more on exchange of experiences amongst the NOCs. Besides, participants were informed about the Olympic Solidarity plan, various budgetary allocations and procedures for obtaining Olympic Solidarity funding for this Olympiad.
It should be noted that 33 sports disciplines have been earmarked for this quadrennial. As for Olympic scholarships, they will be awarded as from 1st September this year.
ANOCA was represented in Lusaka by the Technical Director, Ngwigwa Ambrose Obakeng, while the Director of Administration and Finance, Philemon Sakouma, bore the institution’s voice in Cotonou.
The Olympic Solidarity team was led on either occasion by Yassine Yousfi, official in charge of Africa at the institution.
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