The President’s Message Let’s tackle 2010 in close ranks The sun has just set on 2009, a most successful year for African sport, a busy year for the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa. The challenge is thus even more daunting in 2010, as upcoming major events warrant us to be more committed and to prepare meticulously. First and foremost is the Africa Cup of Nations. As a matter of fact, this major event scheduled to run from 10 to 31 January 2010 shall for the very first time be organised in a Portuguese speaking country, a country that showcased itself as a football nation when it qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. This edition shall bring together Africa’s best 16 football nations, each vying for CAF’s most prestigious trophy. It shall be a real trial run for Africa, which shall barely six months thereafter host football’s greatest planetary event. I am referring to the FIFA World Cup to be hosted by the Republic of South Africa from 11 June to 11 July 2010. As Africans, we shall on that occasion be challenged on two fronts: we need first of all to work for a hitch-free organisation. On that score, I call on all African sports administrators to back this initiative. ANOCA shall on its part spare no efforts to ensure a successful organisation. The second challenge that we must rise to is the participation of the six African flag bearers to the event. In fact, South Africa, Algeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria, who of course are no rookies, should defend Africa valiantly. We thus expect all sons and daughters of the continent to give them their unreserved support. Then there is the maiden edition of the Youth Olympic Games billed for Singapore in August 2010. This event shall bring together youths of the world and warrants all African NOCs to get fully prepared to ensure that Africa is honourably represented. Youths shall not only compete in sporting disciplines, but they shall also participate in intellectual activities scheduled by the International Olympic Committee and the Organising Committee of the Youth Olympic Games. ANOCA also hopes, in 2010, to organise the maiden edition of the African Youth Games. This event, which shall from every indication be a trial run for the Singapore Youth Olympic Games, requires all African NOCs to give it due importance by participating with their best young athletes. Negotiations to determine the date and venue of the event are far advanced. Finally, Morocco shall in September 2010 host the finals of the world athletics championships. Scheduled to take place in Rabat, this event shall undoubtedly bring together the world’s best athletes. Africa shall again be challenged on two fronts, as we shall be expected to stage a hitch-free event and participate honourably. These are some of the events, amongst others, that require careful preparation. The challenges of the African Sport and Olympic Movement are legion and all stakeholders are required to stand together and brace themselves up to face them squarely. I wish to end this message with the season’s greetings to all administrators of the African Sports and Olympic Movement. May we be blessed with more sports glories and consolidate our achievements in 2010! Int. General Lassana Palenfo ANOCA IN ACTION Ouagadougou plays host to the 26th seminar of Secretaries General of African NOCs The 26th seminar of Secretaries General of African NOCs took place on 15 and 16 December 2009 at the Azalaï Hôtel Indépendance in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. After Kampala in 2008, Secretaries General met again for a capacity building seminar on NOC administration and to share experiences in this area. The seminar was organised under the theme “For sustained communication between the Secretariat General and Member NOCs.” In his welcome address at the opening ceremony, the President of NOC Burkina Faso, Mr Pascal Kinda, pointed out that it was more than necessary, in this era of New Information and Communication Technologies, to update the knowledge and build the capacities of NOC Secretaries General. As for the ANOCA Secretary General, Counsellor Khaled Zein Eldin, who competently oversaw the overall organisation of the seminar, he began by lauding the open-mindedness of the President of ANOCA, General Lassana Palenfo, describing him as a “very democratic” man who is very interested in and attentive to development issues on the continent. He further expressed the wish that participants would, during the two-day seminar, make contributions that will improve communication between the ANOCA Secretariat General, which he heads, and the various NOCs. He rounded off with the agenda of the seminar. When the President of ANOCA, General Lassana Palenfo, took the floor, he began by lauding the ideals of Olympism, pointing out that “the only way out is for us to abide by ideals that are in tune with our need for fulfilment and our right of belonging to what is so aptly referred to as humanistic Olympism.” Burkina Faso’s Minister of Sports and Recreation, Jean Pierre Palm, on his part noted that well-run sports facilities are a sure guarantee for sport development. He urged participants to follow the various papers with keen interest so that they would be better equipped to serve their respective NOCs. During this meeting, participants discussed a wide range of issues like the running of an NOC Secretariat General, women and sport: New Prospects, sport marketing, preparation for Singapore 2010… The seminar was attended by 53 NOCs and it ended with participants taking the next appointment for December 2010. The Prime Minister of Burkina Faso grants audience to an ANOCA delegation On the sidelines of the 26th seminar of Secretaries General of African NOCs held in Ouagadougou, the Prime Minister of Burkina Faso, His Excellency Tertius Zongo, granted audience to an ANOCA delegation. Led by President Palenfo, the ANOCA delegation was accompanied on that occasion by the Director of Olympic Solidarity, Mr. Pere Miro, the President of NOC Burkina Faso, Mr. Pascal Kinda and His Excellency Jean Pierre Palm, Burkina Faso’s Minister of Sports and Recreation. The ANOCA delegation thanked the Government of Burkina Faso for its hospitality and the warm welcome accorded the various participating delegations. Lassana Palenfo had this to say: “We are here to thank the Prime Minister for hosting this brotherly and friendly meeting. We brought together 53 Secretaries General to make projections for the future, and also to prepare for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and the 2012 Olympics in London.” ANOCA received in audience by the Speaker of the Burkina Faso National Assembly House Speaker, Mr. Roch-Marc Christian Kaboré, granted audience to a delegation of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa on 16 December 2009 in Ouagadougou. The delegation, which comprised General Lassana Palenfo and the President of NOC Burkina Faso, Mr. Pascal Kinda, was there to thank the Speaker of the National Assembly for promoting sport development in his country. The ANOCA delegation also availed itself of this opportunity to brief their host on the major resolutions of the 26th seminar of Secretaries General of African NOCs held in Burkina Faso on 15 and 16 December 2009 in Ouagadougou. The Mogho Naba grants audience to an ANOCA delegation A powerful delegation comprising President Lassana Palenfo, the Secretary General of ANOCA, Counsellor Khaled Zein Eldin, and the President of NOC Burkina Faso, Jean Pascal Kinda, called on His Majesty the Mogho Naba, Emperor of the Mossé tribe, on 17 December 2009. Delegation leader, Lassana Palenfo, presented a gift to their host, which the latter placed in full view in his sports museum. The Emperor said he was pleased to receive a delegation of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa and emphasised the importance of sport to the African society. In response, President Palenfo said he was elated to be received by the Mogho Naba, a most illustrious custodian of African traditions. ANOCA Zone 4 Schedules General Assembly The Ordinary General Assembly of ANOCA Zone 4 shall hold in Bangui, Central African Republic, on 14 and 15 January 2010. Top on the agenda is a conference on the autonomy of the Olympic Movement, but participants will also be expected to assess the last quadrennial and discuss the opportunities offered by the digital media for the development of Zone activities, as well as resolutions of the 26th seminar of Secretaries General held in Ouagadougou on 15 and 16 December 2009. Awards: Lassana Palenfo among the best The media organ, Around the Rings, which has for the past 14 years distinguished the 25 most outstanding personalities who have stood out as models in the promotion of Olympism, recently made public names for the 2009 Golden 25 awards. The President of ANOCA, General Lassana Palenfo, was elected among these illustrious movers and shakers of Olympism the world over. Africa’s performances at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, the vibrancy noticed within ANOCA for some years now, the election of two new IOC members in Africa in 2009, South Africa’s successful bid to host, for the first time ever on African soil, an IOC session in 2011 and Palenfo’s re-election at the helm of ANOCA on 7 July 2009 are some of the achievements that may explain such a choice. General Lassana Palenfo who is currently an IOC member, President of ANOCA and President of the Confederation of African Judo, counts today among the most outstanding administrators of sport and Olympic structures. NOC News NOC Cameroon celebrates sports excellence NOC Cameroon on 9 December 2009 organised a ceremony in recognition of sportsmen and women who have left their mark in the country for the past fifty years. Organised at the new Yaounde Sports Complex, the ceremony, during which journalists and sports photographers also received awards, was in honour of those who have valiantly kept the nation’s flag flying during major sports competitions since 1960, the year Cameroon became independent. It was a heavily attended ceremony that brought together more than 2000 guests who were treated to a spectacular musical show. Among those who received awards were sports icons like Roger Albert Milla and Samuel Eto’o Fils, as well as Jean Lambert Nang, a sports reporter who formerly worked for the Cameroon Radio and Television. Winter Olympics in Vancouver: NOC Kenya selects representative Kenya shall be represented at the winter Olympics billed for Vancouver in February 2010 by the skier Philip Boit, who will be participating in the event for the fourth time. He will compete in long distance skiing, and undertook a training course in Finland, where climatic conditions are akin to those required for the winter Olympics. Commenting on his participation in these games, the sportsman said he was very happy to represent his country at the Vancouver event. Philip Boit is the only Kenyan athlete who will be participating in this event. Senegal: The Kéba Mbaye Foundation backs sports practice among youngsters The Kéba Mbaye Foundation in December 2009 made a donation estimated at CFA 15,500,000 francs to the Olympafrica Centre in Somone and the Kéba Mbaye Football Academy in Kaolack. By this donation, which comprised jerseys, P.E. pants and caps, officials of the Foundation seek to perpetuate the work of the Foundation’s patron Judge Kéba Mbaye of blessed memory. The donation was presented to the Foundation by Thomas Bach, Vice President of the IOC, who is also a board member of the Keba Mbaye Foundation, which was state- approved in Senegal in 2008. This gesture aims at encouraging sports practice and development among youngsters. At the Olympafrica Centre in Somone, pupils of the Somone 1 Elementary School received 200 tee-shirts, 200 jerseys and 200 P.E. pants valued at CFA 9,000,000 francs. Constructed in 1988, the Somone Centre was inaugurated on 24 February 1990 by the then IOC President, Juan Antonio Samaranch. In Kaolack, the Foundation donated 80 P.E. pants, 80 tee-shirts and 80 caps to the tune of CFA 6,500,000 francs to the Kéba Mbaye Football Academy. Created in 2008, the facility has 173 pupils on roll and aims at developing football from a tender age. NOC Zambia: Miriam Moyo re-elected The General Assembly of NOC Zambia was held on 19 December 2009 to assess the activities of the last quadrennial. It was a very positive report, which does credit to Miriam C. Moyo, President of NOC Zambia. This of course explains why she was re-elected to steer the affairs of NOC Zambia for another term, together with the Secretary General, Hazel Kennedy. The elections went on in a serene atmosphere that reflects the image of the Olympic Movement. London 2012: Rwanda insists on careful preparation Rwanda’s Minister of Sports and Culture, Joseph Habineza, who granted audience to Presidents of National Sports Federations and Executive Committee members of NOC Rwanda in December 2009, requested the various Presidents to ensure that athletes are fully prepared for the 2012 summer Olympics billed for London. The minister noted that it was a critical stage, and he thus requested Presidents of National Federations to outline a preparatory programme in conjunction with the National Olympic Committee. He stressed the point that the Government will spare no efforts to ensure Rwandan athletes are fully prepared for these games. Represented at the Beijing Olympics by two swimmers and two other athletes, Rwanda did not bag a single medal, which of course explains why the government is determined not to be caught off guard in 2012. Preparation for London 2012: NOC CONGO in full gear During a meeting held on 2009 December 2009 at the Headquarters of NOC Congo, the Secretary General, Jean-Paul Ngaloua, requested Secretaries General of National Sports Federations to submit, as early as possible, applications for Olympic scholarships. On that score, he called on the Secretaries General to take necessary measures to shortlist potential beneficiaries. “For 2012, there are applications for scholarships that must be submitted to Olympic Solidarity. Given that it is a lengthy process, we have to begin right away. Federations have the duty to shortlist candidates. NOC Congo shall set up a commission to study the files before they are forwarded to Olympic Solidarity,” Jean- Paul Ngaloua pointed out. The aim of this meeting was to ensure that everything is put in place to help Congolese athletes to get the best preparation for the 2012 Olympics in London. African Sport Countdown to the 2011 All Africa Games The first joint preparatory meeting for the 10th All Africa Games billed for Maputo, Mozambique, held on 11 and 12 December 2009 at the Pestana Rovuma Hotel, Maputo. First Vice President, Mustapha Berraf, represented ANOCA at this meeting, which brought together various stakeholders involved in the organisation of this major continental event. In his address presented on the occasion, Mozambique’s Minister of Youth and Sports, His Excellency Fernando Sumbana, stressed his country’s commitment to host the games. Besides, and according to the report presented by the Deputy Director General of the Organising Committee of the Maputo Games, Mr. Penalva Cesar, management structures of the Games have already been set up, such as the Inter- ministerial Committee and Working Committees. 24 sports disciplines have been proposed on the schedule of the 2011 All Africa Games, which will run from 3 to 18 September 2011. The following sports disciplines shall feature on the games schedule: Athletics, Boxing, Badminton, Basketball, Cycling, Chess, Football, Karate, Judo, Swimming, Lawn Tennis, Table tennis, Shooting, Sailing, Netball, Gymnastics, Handball, Paralympics Sports (Athletics and Swimming), Volleyball, Taekwondo, Canoe race, Triathlon, Rowing and Weightlifting. Basketball: Huge reward for the lionesses of Senegal Following Senegal’s victory at the 2009 edition of the African women’s basketball championships, President Abdoulaye Wade treated the team to a reception at the banquet hall of the Presidency of the Republic. After giving firm instructions to his collaborators that everything be done to ensure that the lionesses are fully prepared for the world championships in this discipline, President Wade announced that each of the players and officials be given a category F3 villa. He equally mooted the idea of the publication of an official archival report that recounts the feats performed by former Senegalese sports greats. Reverting to the performance of the lionesses in Madagascar, the President of the Senegalese Basketball Federation, Mr. Gaye, said that the Lionesses set off from the onset to win back the continental trophy and actually pulled it off! Nice wins bid to host the 2013 edition of the Francophonie Games The city of Nice, France, was elected to host the 7th edition of the Francophonie Games in 2013. Two African cities, N’djamena (Chad) and Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) were also in the run, but the Conference of Ministers of la Francophonie held in Paris in December 2009 decided in favour of Nice. Football: President Laurent Gbagbo honours the black satellites of Ghana Ivorian President, His Excellency Laurent Gbagbo, on 28 December 2009 in Abidjan, hosted a reception in honour of the players of the Ghanaian U-20 team that won the FIFA world cup in that category after beating Brazil on 16 October 2009. The heavily attended ceremony, which was graced by other top ranking Ivorian personalities, was a symbolic gesture that confirms the status of ambassadors of the continent conferred on African sportsmen and women who participate in major events. President Laurent Gbagbo decorated the Ghanaian heroes during this ceremony, which took place at the presidential mansion located in the Plateau neighbourhood in Abidjan. Mali: 14 villas to reward sports excellence Following Mali’s victory in the women’s African basketball championships in Dakar in 2007, the Government promised to build villas for the players of the national team. The Government has made good that promise and handed over keys to 14 villas with 14 certificates of occupancy to the heroines at a solemn ceremony presided at by His Excellency Amadou Toumani Touré. The 14 villas were given out as follows: 12 villas for the players, 1 for the assistant coach, Cheick Oumar Sissoko, and 1 for the two-time Taekwondo world champion, Daba Modibo Keïta. The new villas are self-contained with a living room, a master bedroom, two other bedrooms, one internal and one external toilet, a terrace, one kitchen and an adjoining yard. They were built by the real estate company, IFA-BACO, on a serviced site located in Sébénikoro on 250 to 300 square metre plots, with the names of various owners written on their respective doors. Besides the President of the Republic, the ceremony was also graced by the Prime Minister, Modibo Sidibé, several Members of Government, sports officials, Municipal Council authorities, top ranking personalities of Sébénikoro and of course the recipients themselves.
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