Supreme Council for Youth and Sports assistant secretary general and Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) secretary general Abdulrahman Askar recently attended the XXIII ANOC General Assembly and ANOC Awards 2018 in Tokyo.
Joined by BOC projects director Lounes Madene, Askar attended the event, held over two days, which has attracted more than 1,000 delegates from all 206 NOCs, as well as representatives from International Federations, the IOC and upcoming Organising Committees.
In Wednesday’s morning session, Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al-Sabah reiterated his decision to temporarily step down as ANOC president amid allegations of forgery. Last week, the Kuwaiti suspended himself from his 26-year IOC membership.
The agenda included the ratification of the ANOC Executive Council and the 2026 Olympic Winter bid cities are also presented to the NOC family for the very first time, providing NOCs with a unique opportunity to learn more about their Olympic offerings.
The ANOC Awards 2018 have already taken place as NOCs celebrated their athletes’ success from the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
The ANOC Commissions and Working Groups met in Tokyo ahead of the General Assembly as they continue to identify and develop initiatives that benefited the NOCs. The ANOC Executive Council also met ahead of the General Assembly.
In his statement, Askar expressed satisfaction with the assembly resolutions, which aim at promoting the Olympic movement in the world, stressing the keenness of the BOC to be part of this international gathering to strengthen the Bahraini presence and develop relations with various Olympic committees and organizations as well as international sports leaderships.
Askar thanked Bahrain Ambassador to Japan Ahmed Mohammed Al Dosary and members of the embassy Mahmood Abdula’al and Fawaz Taqi for facilitating the delegation needs during their stay in Tokyo.