NOC Côte d’Ivoire (CNO-CIV) on 6 and 7 July 2017 organised a seminar on the theme “2017-2020 Strategic Plan, our vision: Objective 20 on 20.” Held in Grand-Bassam, the meeting brought together officials of some twenty national sports federations, with the aim to map out a common strategy for the proper management of sports structures ahead of the 2020 Games in Tokyo. While addressing participants at the opening ceremony, the Vice Chairlady of the CNO-CIV Marketing and Communications Commission, Namama Fadiga, speaking on behalf of CNO-CIV President, Intendant General Lassana Palenfo, said: “Your remarkable presence translates your desire and commitment not only to henceforth endow your organisations with technical management tools, but also to offer your athletes, technical officials and administrators performance research opportunities through CNO-CIV programmes put in place by Olympic Solidarity.” She further told them that for efficient forward-looking management, activities of sports organisations must be based on achievable plans, with well-defined strategic guideline goals. On her part, CNO-CIV Secretary-General, Nah Aminata Fofana, presented a balance sheet of the country’s participation in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, whence they came back with two medals, one gold and one bronze in Taekwondo. Nah Aminata Fofana also opened up prospects for Tokyo 2020, stating notably that CNO-CIV intends to grant several scholarships especially for the 2018 African Youth Games in Algiers and the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires as well as the all Africa Games in 2019. However, given the paucity of funds, CNO-CIV proposes to collaborate with federations to draft a Chart between the State, local councils and associations and also for a budget to be allocated for Tokyo 2020 at the Ministry of Sports and Recreation to prepare Olympic and Paralympic athletes, as well as other talented athletes likely to qualify for Tokyo 2020.
The seminar also featured a paper by the expert Aka Akesse Vincent, Director of African Development at the World Wrestling Federation, on the model of a national federation. Another presentation focused on Olympic Solidarity and world programmes.