The 17th ordinary session of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) General Assembly is to be held in Djibouti from May 9 to 11, 2017. The ANOCA presidency election will also be held at the assembly.
The General Assembly will thus be expected to renew the Executive Committee of the supreme governing body of the African Olympic Movement and ratify the election of representatives of various development zones in the Executive Committee.
Incumbent Lassana Palenfo of Ivory Coast and Cameroonian Hamad Kalkaba aare the presidential hopefuls. Palenfo, who is being challenged for his position by Cameroon Olympic Committee president Hamad, has vowed to improve cooperation with the African Union Sporting Council (AUSC) to avoid a repeat of the debacle at the All African Games, which was held in Brazzaville in 2015.
The 2015 All-Africa Games were organized by the Sporting Council of the AU rather than ANOCA after the collapse of talks between the two parties over a possible agreement for joint organization.
Palenfo, 76, has now named seven main projects he hopes to accomplish should he secure another term in charge of the organization, including the successful launch of the ANOCA Beach games in 2019. The Ivorian is targeting the establishment of further program in cooperation with the athlete’s commission to tackle doping.
Meanwhile, Malbuom is president of the confederation of Africa Athletics and a vice president of International Association of Athletics Federations. After officially declaring his candidacy, he said that transparency is one of his key targets.
Ashebir Woldegiorgis (MD), the newly elected president of the Ethiopian Olympic Committee (EOC), will be in attendance.
Elsewhere, the final report of the Executive Committee for 2013-2016; Treasurer General’s report; Audit reports for 2015 and 2016 by PricewaterhouseCoopers, and scrutiny and adoption of the budgets for 2017-2020 will be presented.
The draft agenda also features a number of other items, including: an opening ceremony featuring some addresses; Adoption of Minutes of the 16th ordinary session of the General Assembly held in Mauritius Flic en Flac on November 24 and 25, 2015.
Djibouti is also scheduled to host a session of the ANOCA Executive Committee ahead of the General Assembly on May 5 and 6, 2017.