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A Publication of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa I January 2013

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President’s Message

2013-2016 Olympiad : consolidating achievements!

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ear readers, The curtains have just been drawn on a most eventful year, the highpoint of which was the celebration of the Olympic Games in London. Africa’s participation in that event was one of the numerous ways in which the African Sporting and Olympic movement used sport to serve the youth. The message of the Games, “Inspiring a Generation”, was abundantly clear and bore a lot of hope for our youth. The increasing numbers of disciplines in which we bagged medals and, moreover, the fact that some African NOCs succeeded for the very first time in history in winning medals were additional reasons that inspire hope in the future. This of course strengthens our conviction that African sport can and will, by the day, grow from strength to strength. Thus by sharing, in London, what sport has got to offer with young Africans, we showcased the vitality of the Continental Sporting and Olympic Movement. We shall not stop there, for the challenges of tomorrow rest with today’s youth. As such, we shall keep allying strongly with athletes, for they are the very heart of the Olympic Movement. The year thus has many more challenges in store for us. As a matter of fact, a new Olympiad is taking off this month. It shall run from 2013 to 2016, and ANOCA has placed it under the theme: “Consolidating Achievements”. Our concerted action should thus aim at consolidating African Olympism. We have a lot of achievements to consolidate, but I will make mention, amongst others, of partnerships signed with foreign sports bodies like USOC and ROC; strengthening of ties with traditional partners like the IOC, Olympic Solidarity, ANOC, WADA, the AU…; the spread of the Olympafrica programme that will ultimately extend to all countries of the continent; the African Youth Games with the effective organization of the second edition billed for 2014 in Botswana; participation in the Youth Olympic Games, especially the summer games slated for 2014; participation in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro; review of our basic texts, which we began during the last Olympiad; strengthening our representation within international Olympic bodies…


President’s Message

Update Another priority for this Olympiad will be to consolidate cooperation ties between our NOCs and governments. The main thrust here shall be mainly to map out suitable strategies to better fund sport in our various countries. It goes without saying that without funds, we will have no infrastructure, no equipment and there will be supervision. Funding sport is not a burden, but an investment. Dear readers, these, and many more, are the challenges we must rise to during this new Olympiad. There is no gainsaying that it will require men who are equal to the task and, above all, officials who can set their sights beyond personal interests and work like a team for the emancipation of African youths. If you get my drift, I wish to talk about the thorny issue of electing the stewards of our respective Olympic bodies. As a matter of fact, in 2013, as this new Olympiad kicks off, several African NOCs shall convene elective General Assemblies; some have even done that already. I hereby urge us all to keep a cool head and accept the verdict of the ballot box in the Olympic spirit. The future of our Olympic and Sporting movement hinges on that. Dear readers, I avail myself of this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year. May it bring us health, prosperity, long life and above all success in all projects and activities that spotlight the African sporting and Olympic Movement! Happy and Prosperous 2013!

Intendant General Lassana Palenfo, President of ANOCA


ANOCA IN ACTION

Update ANOCA organises seminar for sports journalists in Lome

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bout a score of sports journalists from ANOCA Zone 3 were in Lome on 13 and 14 December 2012, where they took part in a capacity building seminar on the coverage of sports events. The two-day meeting brought together media practitioners from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria and Togo. They discussed the efficient handling of information about the various sports disciplines of their countries’ sports federations and the notions of the Olympic Movement. The five courses focused on such diverse aspects as Olympism and ages; structures of Olympism; coverage of sports events and sports terminology. The courses were given by eminent sports personalities. The Togolese Minister of Sports and Recreation said he hoped the seminar would help shape the minds of the participants on new visions and expectations that would enable African countries to propose inject new steam into continental and world sports bodies. The President of NOC Togo, General Nabede Poutovi, observed that some of the lapses noticed by sports administrators in the handling of information by some press organs were due to poor mastery and even ignorance of various sports disciplines. The lapses are often displayed during sports events by the wrong use and broadcast of terminology or performances, the NOC president concluded. Nairobi hosts Seminar for sports journalists

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ver 31 journalists, 26 of them women chosen by African NOCs, took part on 10 and 11 December 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya, in a seminar on the “role of the woman in sport.” The seminar was jointly organised by ANOCA and the IOC, in cooperation with the Kenya Olympic Committee.

The aim was to encourage women to get actively involved in national Olympic Movements. According to IOC’s director for international cooperation and development, Ganda Sithole, there was need for NOCs and the media to help women rise to decision-making positions within local sports committees, especially during this election period. He said that women were not involved four years ago, and that their aim was gender empowerment. They did not want that women be reduced to just parading during the Olympics, and so wanted them to be part of decision-making, since they were as competent as men. He was followed by Mrs Irene Mwasanga (recently elected at the helm of the NOC Tanzania) and Penninah Kabengue (elected Secretary General of the Uganda Olympic Committee) shared their experiences with participants. They then reviewed the challenges of the media and suggested ways to improve relations between the sports press and National Olympic committees. There were interactive talks on women’s bids for decision-making positions and sports management, especially at this time when NOCs were convening elective General Assemblies. Participants were in the end awarded participation certificates.


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2013-2016 quadrennial: Great expectations of Olympic Solidarity There is no gainsaying that Olympic Solidarity (OS) is one of the essential links in the Olympism development chain the world over. Its actions are perceptible anywhere, anytime. Its contribution to the growth of the youth is invaluable. That is why, at the dawn of the 2013-2016 Olympiad, Anoca Update deemed it worthwhile to highlight the expectations, in the years ahead, of this inevitable partner of the African Olympic Movement who is working for the fulfilment of youths. A major partner of Sports and Olympic bodies Olympic Solidarity is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. It oversees world programmes in collaboration with the concerned continental associations in a bid to better coordinate activities in the various continents. In Africa, its partner in the management of continental programmes is the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA). Its activities are not limited to Olympic bodies, since it collaborates strongly with the International Olympic Sports Federations, IOC commissions and several other partners in drawing up these world programmes and making them available to NOCs. This explains the trilogy: Olympic Solidarity-International Sports Federations-NOCs in the organisation of training and/or seminars for athletes, coaches or administrators in various countries. During the 2013-2016 Olympiad just beginning, all NOCs will benefit from world programmes; nevertheless, considering the paucity of means at the disposal of NOCs of developing nations and pursuant to Olympic Solidarity’s mission, appropriation shall be earmarked for the said programmes. The objective is to afford these NOCs more opportunities and possibilities to take active part in major sporting events and give youths under these National Olympic bodies more reasons to smile.


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2013-2016: A gamut of programmes to boost sports practice Olympic Solidarity has earmarked 17 world programmes for the 2013-2016 Olympiad. These are in line with those of the former quadrennial, though some have been slightly modified, while a few others were simply merged. The gamut of programmes aims mainly to increase the overall assistance to athletes, streamline NOC management and simplify administrative procedures in order to adapt to NOC demands and needs. These programmes, which address NOC concerns, are divided into four distinct areas: athletes, coaches, NOC management and furtherance of Olympic values. Thus the following programmes exist among others:

Athletes

Olympic scholarships for athletes (Sochi 2014), Olympic scholarships for athletes (Rio 2016), subsidies for team sports, subsidies for continental level athletes, Youth Olympic Games- Support to athletes

Coaches

Technical training for coaches, Olympic scholarship for coaches, development of the national sports structure

NOC management

The development of NOC administrations, national courses for sports administrators, exchange programmes between NOCs

Furtherance of Olympic Values

sport medicine, environmental sustainability in sport, women and sport, sport for all, Olympic Education, Culture and heritage, IOC world conferences.


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Working Visit of a joint Olympic Solidarity Olympafrica delegation to Chad

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joint Olympic Solidarity-Olympafrica delegation visited NOC Chad from 22 to 24 November 2012. The delegation comprised: Messrs Yassine Yousfi, Olympic Solidarity, and Thierno Diack, Director of Olympafrica, an ANOCArun African youth outreach programme. The delegation held working sessions with NOC representatives, and especially the NOC president Mr Mossa Agrey and his Secretary General, M. Idriss Dokony Adiker. They also met with national federations and Youth and Sports Minister, M. Haïkal Zakaria. The two officials mainly sought to know how NOC Chad and Olympic Solidarity sponsored programmes are run, and to gather information that would help better channel assistance and ensure that the NOC lives up to its responsibilities vis-à-vis the Olympic Movement. The discussions focused on institutional issues, the administration, the social and political climate, funds, development and management of NOC activities and the use made of Olympic Solidarity programmes. The delegation also availed itself of the opportunity to visit the former and the new Olympafrica Centres. Mr Thierno Diack, in his capacity as the foundation’s director, updated the file on projects undertaken in Chad.


NOC Elections

Update Comoros Islands : Ibrahim Ben Ali elected NOC President An elective General Assembly of NOC Comoros Islands took place recently in Moroni, in a calm and peaceful atmosphere. Following an election in which nineteen postulants were vying for eleven positions, Ibrahim Ben Ali was elected as the new NOC president. The meeting also adopted all reports presented by various Executive Committee members. Following is the full list of the new team: President : Ibrahim Ben Ali Vice Pésidents : Zaharia (Mohéli), Chahalane (Anjouan) and Issouf Ali Djae (Grande Comore) Secretary General: Djaffar Ahmed Said Treasurer : Franck Abdillah Mze Boina Controller : Sidibe Bacar Coordinator of Technical Specialised Commissions : Abou, Afrika, Fayssoil et Madiane Somalia Olympic Committee elects new President NOC Somalia on 3 January 2012 held its elective general assembly in Mogadishu, following which Abdullahi Ahmed Tarabi, who for long served as the body’s Secretary General and a onetime coach of the national basketball team was elected president. During the deliberations, Duran Farah, who was acting as NOC president called for a minute of silence in memory of the late President, Aden Hajji Yeberow, and the former president of the national football federation, Said Mahmoud Nur . The two, it should be recalled, were killed in a bomb blast on 14 April 2012. Suffice it to note that the new president was voted unchallenged. The new Executive Committee is made up as follows : President : Abdullahi Ahmed Tarabi 1st Vice President : Ahmed Abdi Hassan 2nd Vice President : Hassan Ahmed Abdi 3rd Vice President : Ibrahim Abokar Shamow Secretary General : Duran Ahmed Farah Treasurer : Mohamed Abdow Hajji Members : Maxamed Axmed Coloow Faadumo Cali Nuur Ibrahim Hussein Ali (Roombo) Khadijo Aden Dahir Ali Said Guled Roble Abokar Islow Hassan Mohamed Hurshe Hassan Prof Mohamed Ali Mohamed Omar Abdulkader Barajab Abdi Aziz Godah Barre Prof Yusuf Alasow Mohamed Hassan Ahmed Barre


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Update NOC Mali celebrates 3rd edition of the « sports merit night » The 3rd edition of the « sports merit night » took place on 21 December 2012 at Hôtel Laïco Amitié, Bamako. Patronised by Mamadou Seydou Traoré, an administrator and former sports manager, the event was graced by the Minister of Youth and Sports Hamèye Founé Mahalmadane, and once more lived up to its billing.

remembrance and the culture of excellence!

It is an initiative of NOC Mali, under the stewardship of Habib Sissoko. The NOC officials aim through it to promote the fundamental values of sport and Olympism:

It is thus indispensable, at all events that is the wish of the minister of youth and sports, « hat the initiative should last till the end of time because it plays the dual role of uniting people around sport and rewarding the cream of the cream of sportsmen and women. » In the words of the NOC President, Habib Sissoko, « this distinction is awarded to national sports associations, sports administrators and lovers, athletes and dignitaries who have contributed to sports promotion and development in our country. » He also pointed out that it was necessary, more than ever, to step up efforts in these “times of misery,” for his countrymen living in the regions of north Mali occupied by Touareg and Jihadist rebels, as well as the hundreds of thousands who are today displaced in their own country or living as refugees elsewhere because of this unfortunate situation. The patron of the event on his part recalled that the road to a solution to the hard times was a long and tedious one. There was thus need to keep on fighting. To rise to the current challenges, he said, everyone must place their mission above the ordinary issues, like Minister Hamèye Founé and President Habib Sissoko have done. That is what he himself always did during his eventful tenure as administrator, sportsman and sports manager. The trophy this year was won not by an athlete, but by a sports association, the Malian Football Federation, which thus became the first sports association in the country to receive the trophy. The Chairman of the selection panel, Colonel Ibréhima Diabaté, explained this choice by the fact that no Malian athlete singled themselves out this year, which was not the case with some associations, which obtained their best results over the last 40 years. Following in the heels of the Malian Football Federation were the Malian Basketball Federation and the Malian Cycling Federation. As concerns individual trophies, Idrissa Bah, President of the Malian Athletics Federation, was voted best sports administrator, while the late Boubacar Dioufn, former President of the Malian Taekwondo Federation, the Malian Fencing Federation and former NOC Secretary General received the fair play prize, which was a major innovation this year. As concerns the “Remembrance” prizes, they were awarded to the late Marcel Dakouo, who on several occasions was the country’s 800 m champion, late Boubacar Diouf, late Pierre Diakité, former Vice President of the Malian Boxing Federation, the former Real and national team goalkeeper, Seydou Traore alias Guatigui who is today disabled for life, and the former President of Nianan of Koulikoro, Mamadou Ely Diarra. The event was spiced by sweet melodies by the famous Toumani Diabaté orchestra.


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Update CNOSC : New crop of badminton coaches schooled 17 coaches recently rounded off a one-week badminton technical training course organised by NOC Cameroon in Yaounde, capital city of the Republic of Cameroon. The NOC Secretary General, Mr Emmanuel Abolo Biwolé, who presided at the closing ceremony, declared that he was satisfied with the smooth running of the seminar. According to him, « the course is in keeping with the National Olympic Committee’s vision of prioritising sports at the grassroots ». Indeed, from 20 to 27 November 2012, badminton coaches were schooled on the “shuttle time”, a new didactic technique in the discipline. In the course of this seminar, the expert from the International Badminton Federation, Anirao Dajee from Mauritius, insisted on the technical part of the training in order to “develop the learner overall.” Emphasis was laid on group dynamism and the development of the learner’s personality. The facilitator was happy that the trainees had a good grasp of the lessons. To them he said: « the eight days we spent together were very enriching. Thanks to the discipline and the regularity of the trainees, we were able to complete our lessons. From the evaluation, I noticed that the trainees have understood all that has been taught them. It is now left to them to put these lessons into practice ». As for Mr Jean Paul Belinga, President of the Cameroon Badminton Federation, the objective « is to include badminton among school sports disciplines at all levels and various national Olympic competitions like the National Games ». The closing ceremony ended with the award of certificates to the trainees and a group photograph. Gymnastics : a level 1 training course organised in Cotonou A level 1 training course for coaches of rhythmic gymnastics took place from 5 to 9 November 2012 at the headquarters of NOC Benin (CNOSB), with International Gymnastics Federation expert Marta Bobo of Spanish nationality as lead facilitator. November 9, the day it was Marta Bolo’s turn to drill the participants, marked the end of the training seminar in rhythmic gymnastics and the launch of the tennis sports development programme in Benin. Both programmes were organised thanks to NOC Benin and Olympic Solidarity. During the training, Minavoa, CNOSB Secretary-General and Léonide Isidore Gbaguidi, President of the Benin Gymnastics Federation requested participants to be serious during the entire course, a first in the history of sports in the country. Some fifteen Beninese officials selected nationwide, and particularly from the National Institute for Youth, Physical Education and Sports (INJPS), took part in the training, which ended on the 9 of November 2012 at the Stade de l’Amitié, Kouhounou, with the award of engagement letters and testimonials to the future coaches. During her first contact with participants, Martha Bolo, former Olympic champion, dwelt on the history of gymnastics in general and rhythmic gymnastics in particular, which is exclusively for women and, later, the basic rules governing the discipline. The afternoon was reserved for the learning and practice of exercises and basic movements of rhythmic gymnastics by some trainees and selected students. NOC CAR : the “women and sports” office in action Driven by the resolve to encourage sports practice and management by women, NOC Central African Republic (CNOSCA) recently organised a « women and sports » come together in Bangui. Deliberations of this maiden national « women and sports » meeting, which lasted 2 days, were held in the NOC conference hall, under the auspices of Raymond Yapéndé, chargé de mission for youth affairs in the ministry of sports and Bernadette Pakossa Foulou, President of the CNOSCA “Women and Sports” Commission. The theme of this important meeting, which brought together more than 60 participants, was « women and sports as a vector of development. » It was an occasion for participants to brainstorm the full involvement of women in Central African sports. The speech read by the representative of the CNOSCA President, Mr. Jacob Gbeti, pointed out that the initia-


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Update tive to set up a women’s platform within NOC CAR is not a novelty, given that “it is no innovation since many countries have tried this experience and it is bearing fruits.” The Central African Republic, like other nations, does not intend to lag behind. As such the country had, since 2008, set up the “women and sports” commission, now chaired by Mrs Bernadette Pakossa Foulou who, with the assistance of partners like the Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Culture and CNOSCA …initiated the maiden national “women and sports” come together in order to “set up the national women and sports network”. Many themes featured at the Bangui deliberations, amongst which were “sports as a factor of socialisation and societal transformation” by Jean Claude Bomba; “Is culture an obstacle to sports practice?” by Mr Andre Ngueredja; “the correlation between the Olympic movement and the gender concept” by Mr. André Mary Lali; and “the status of the woman in the CAR: testing for solutions” by Henriette Youanga. All these themes were followed by debates in commission, then in plenary, and recommendations were drafted at the end. NOC Congo sets up sports conciliation and arbitration chamber An extraordinary session of NOC Congo (CNOSC) was held on 1 December 2012, with the issue of setting up a Sports Conciliation and Arbitration Chamber (CCAS) as the main thrust of deliberations. The Constitution and the Rules of Procedure of this legal body were adopted, and it was decided that its Board members will be appointed during the CNOSC elective assembly scheduled for 8 December 2012. Olympic Committee President, Raymond Ibata, explained that CCAS is a legal entity, which will have as mission to settle sports disputes. Henceforth, sports disputes in Congo will be tabled to this Chamber before being referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland. As such, during the elective General Assembly of NOC Congo which was held on 8 December 2012, new officials of the Sports Conciliation and Arbitration Chamber were appointed. They are seventeen in number, seven of them elected. They will work together with two magistrates, an officer of the court and ten other qualified members whose posts were not determined by vote. In the days ahead, NOC Congo’s executive committee will appoint the Chamber’s Board members. The elected CCAS officials will take up service only after being sworn in before the Brazzaville Appeal Court. According to Marie Magloire Dabendzet, Chairlady of this electoral commission, the date of the oath-taking ceremony will be announced in the days ahead. The seven new CCAS members are drawn from various sports disciplines and associations affiliated to NOC Congo. Romain Ondono, one of the elected members, pointed out the heavy responsibility which will be theirs in respect of conflict resolution within Congolese sports circles once they take the oath of office. “It will be a real hump. But our work shall be predicated on cardinal principles like neutrality and impartiality in order to objectively carry out our mission of settling disputes plaguing Congolese sports”, he added. It should be recalled that CCAS is a legal entity whose mission is to settle disputes by conciliation and arbitration within Congolese sports circles. Congolese sportsmen and women are obliged to table matters before this Chamber prior to referral to the court of arbitration for sports in Lausanne, Switzerland. NOC Senegal congratulates ASMC graduates Graduates of the 3rd edition of the Advanced Sports Management Course (ASMC) were encouraged to emulate the examples of former Senegalese sports celebrities like Abdoulaye Seye Moreau, patron of this edition, Lamine Diack, late Kéba Mbaye, Abdoul Wahab Barka Bâ… The 56 graduates, comprising 6 ladies, have lingering memories of the ground covered by these illustrious leaders and the indelible mark they left during their stewardship of various national, continental and international sports governing bodies. For six months, these trainees took training modules in the structuring of a sports organisation, strategic planning in a sports organisation, human resource management, finance, marketing and the organisation of a high profile sports event. This is part of an extensive sports administration training programme


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Update initiated by the International Olympic Committee for National Olympic Committees and national sports bodies. As a matter of fact, this programme aims at promoting sports bodies by the creation of a sustained information and experience exchange platform, while appealing to the spirit of mutual assistance within the sporting movement. Lauding the initiative, Mrs Nafissatou Ndiaye Gaye, representative of the trainees, stressed that this managerial capacity building training has inculcated them with knowledge and knowhow, which should in turn generate good manners characteristic of a new breed of sports managers. NOC Senegal, which was represented by its Vice President Souleymane Gaye, reasserted that training is one of the cornerstones of its mission. While congratulating Alain Monteiro, the trainer, Mr Mansour Sy, Minister of Public Service, said he was delighted with the fact that NOC Senegal was quick to understand that to make Senegal an emerging country, there was need to invest in training. The patron of this 3rd edition, Abdoulaye Séye Moreau, said: “I congratulate the trainers and the trainees, for this is a happy moment which marks the end of a process. But you have not yet reached the end of the road for, after management, now is time for leadership.” The ceremony was presiding at by the recently appointed minister of sports, Mr. Mbagnick Ndiaye, who dedicated it to excellence and the recognition of the awardees. In his opinion, the certificates mark the end of the first step and the beginning of a new, thrilling, passionate and unrewarding adventure. Mauritius Olympic Committee organises women’s leadership seminar The Women and Sports Commission of the Mauritius Olympic Committee on 27 and 28 November 20123 organised a seminar for women from the country’s national sports federations. Held in a number of sessions, the seminar was organised under theme “Empowering Women for Leadership,” and brought together 19 women from various federations at the Vacoas Gymkhana Club. The women discussed a wide range of issues such as finance, negotiation, leadership, communication, project development…. The seminar was facilitated by renowned experts like Financial Sense’s Bruneau Woomed MD, Georgina Ragaven, Director of Star Connexions and Benoit Maingard of Maingard & Associates among others. While addressing the participants, NOC President, Philippe Hao Thyn Voon, underscored the importance of women holding decision-making positions, and the need to empower them in a bid to further motivate them. The Mauritius seminar is in line with the IOC’s objectives of empowering women in sport at various levels and in all structures, especially in decision-making positions, in keeping with the principle of equality between men andwomen. This was highlighted by the Women and Sports Commission Chair, Aarti Gulrajani, who pointed it out, saying that the IOC has suggested that international and national federations have at least a 20% women’s representation in decision-making positions in subsequent years. She also observed that a recent poll shows that only 10% of women currently hold posts of responsibility within the Executive Committees of various national sports federations of the country.


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Update MOC : two training courses organised in handball and athletics Olympic Solidarity and the Mauritius Olympic Committee recently organised two training workshops, one in handball and the other in athletics. For the first time in the history of sports, the town of Rodrigues played host to an Olympic Solidarity- organised training workshop. The handball training seminar (level 1) with technical assistance from Frenchman, Paul Landuré, ended on the 7 of December 2012, with the award of certificates, while athletics seminar started on the 10 of December 2012 in the Camp du Roi Stadium. The opening ceremony had taken place the day before at la Ferme in the presence of Philippe Hao ThynVoon, MOC President and Ismaël Vallimamode, Commissioner for sports. Sharing his impressions after the workshops, the MOC president said “The handball and athletics federations took a most laudable initiative to host such a workshop in Rodrigues. The case of handball is quite satisfactory, thanks notably to the way coaches and the youth are motivated to practise this discipline. Rodrigues will somehow be our nursery for the Island Games”. As for Ismaël Vallimamode, Commissionner for Sports, he said: “I hope the coaches will now share the knowledge acquired with youths of different parts of the island”. Gambia Olympic Committee organises boxing training workshop A training workshop in boxing recently took place at Hôtel de l’Amitié, in Bakau, Gambia. It was organised by the Gambia Olympic Committee in collaboration with Olympic Solidarity and the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA). While closing the training workshop, Mamudou Max Jallow, representative of the Minister of Sports, and Executive Secretary of the National Sports Council, stressed the importance of such events which help update technical knowhow. He wished that such workshops be frequently organised in his country. He also availed himself of this opportunity to congratulate Margett Jarjue, the only lady who took part in the workshop, and admonished all participants to make good use of the knowledge acquired during the 11-day workshop. Abdalla Halabi, AIBA trainer, said that after the workshop, he was convinced the future looked brighter for Gambian boxing. Though he was sceptical during the opening days of the workshop, he was marvelled by the unbending will and resolve of all participants. NOC Togo’s National Olympic Academy holds Annual Assembly in Lome The National Olympic academy (NOA) of NOC Togo held its second annual assembly on 20 December 2012 in Lome. This meeting which brought together members of the Olympic family, notably national federations, the ministry of Sports and recreation, that of youths affairs, that of primary,


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Update secondary education and Literacy, sports journalists and students, was occasion for them to brainstorm a number of issues: “the Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP)”, “Olympism through the ages” and “the impact of sports and Olympism on the various sectors of contemporary society and culture”. Discussions on the various themes culminated in the setting up of three commissions to work in separate workshops. These included the workshops on the contribution of sport to: education, culture and the economy. At the close of these workshops, it was recommended that the State embark on the building of sports infrastructures to ease sports practice, especially for the youth. Reacting to the holding of this event, General Nabédé Poutoyi, NOC Togo president said “we need the support of each and every one to step up the activities of this academy, mindful of the fact that the fundamental values of Olympism will be a real bedrock for education in Togo”. He requested participants to help sow, in the country’s youth in all the nooks and crannies, the seeds of excellence, friendship, self-respect and respect for the other, of body and mind balance.” NOC Togo: Kpalime hosts Youth Olympic Camp The 2012 edition of the Youth Olympic Camp took place from 23 to 29 of December 2012 in Kpalime, 120 km north of Lome, Togo, under the auspices of NOC Togo. Mr. Koffi Améganvi, adviser to the president of NOC Togo, said the international youth camp is a programme set forth in the Olympic Charter and aims to help participants acquaint themselves more with the Olympic Movement and foster friendship through various activities. He underscored that the camp offers an opportunity to the youths (future leaders) to take part in non-competitive games: they will participate in many activities, be present during the opening and closing ceremonies of sports events, medal awards, cultural and sporting activities, the cultural programme of games and organised visits and stays with local families. The Kpalime 2012 National Olympic Youth Camp was an initiative of the National Olympic Academy (NOA) which thus gave concrete expression to NOC Togo’s craving for innovation: carrying out a nationwide programme set forth in the Olympic Charter by bringing together youths with the view to fostering mutual understanding and friendship for a better and peaceful world. For six days, youths aged between 8-14 years from diverse backgrounds lived together and partook in intellectual, socio-educational, sporting and cultural activities. It was facilitated by unpaid teachers and volunteers who had received prior training. NOC Mauritius organises training course for boxing coaches The Mauritius boxing Association rounded off the 2012 season with a training course for coaches under the auspices of Olympic Solidarity. The training per se was facilitated by Joseph Diouf, National Technical Director in his country, Senegal, and member of the AIBA Coaches’ Commission. The one-week course brought together some twenty coaches, prominent amongst them former boxer Bruno Julie, who now wants to try his hands at coaching. The trainees were divided into two groups, the rookies on one side and the more experienced ones on the other.


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Update OussamaMellouli voted sportsman of the year in Tunisia Ace swimmer, OussamaMellouli, was voted Tunisia’s 2012 sportsman on 27 December 2012. This distinction was based on results of the first annual sports referendum launched by the Tunisian press agency TAP. Olympic swimming champion, Mellouli, was voted with 715 points after he bagged 2 medals in London, (gold in 10 km open water swimming and bronze in 1500 m freestyle). The swimmer outpaced young Youssef Msakni, a footballer who plays for Esperance Tunis (group “A” leader of the local league) who scored 491 points and Malek Jaziri, a young tennis man (376 points). The title of best sportswoman was awarded to the athlete Habiba Ghribi, 3000 m silver medallist at the 2012 London Olympics (542 points), seconded by tennis woman Ons Jabeur (541 points) and fencer Azzabesbes (365 points). The referendum was carried our by some 150 sports journalists, coaches and technicians of various sports disciplines.


African Sport

Update CAMFOOT 2012: Mali celebrates victory After the Malian national team won the African military Cup, thousands of spectators thronged the Modibo Keita Multipurpose Stadium to give them a befitting welcome. Real business started at about 4.30 p.m. with the arrival of the delegation for an event that was graced by a host of dignitaries, prominent among them the interim President of the Republic, Pr Dioncounda Traore, Capitain Amadou Aya Sanogo, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Hameye Foune, the Minister of Defence and War Veterans, General Yamoussa Camara. They were joined by sports officials such as the President of the Malian Football Federation, Hammadoun Kola Cisse. The National Association of Supporters of the Malian National Football Team was also on hand to give the national military team a warm welcome home after they outsmarted Cameroon 1-0 in the final in Abidjan. It was a major feat, and in the words of the Minister of Youth and Sports, “It is with much satisfaction and great pride that I salute and congratulate, on behalf of the entire armed and security forces, all those who by sheer will, commitment and talent, contributed in preparing and concretising this wonderful victory. It is the expression of our resolve and the resilience of an entire nation.” The interim President of the Republic, Pr Dioncounda Traore, paid a glowing tribute to Captain Ibrahima Diabate and his teammates, insisting on the discipline and confidence they demonstrated throughout the tournament: “Like all Malians, I am happy and proud of you all. The feat pulled by our armed forces is symbolic in many ways. It is symbolic because it shows to what extent determination, self confidence and discipline can add to intrinsic value. You have just proven that we always win when we play like a team.” It is the first time a Malian national team is winning a continental trophy, which may justify why the Head of State raised all the players to higher ranks. Cameroon: Yaounde plays host to Sub-regional anti-doping seminar A seminar for youth and sports trainers took place in Yaounde on 16 October 2012 under the theme: “Educating national coaches and young sportsmen and women of member countries of the Africa Zone IV Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (RADO), on doping control in sport.” The seminar, which aimed at grooming a generation of clean sportsmen and women who will not cheat on drugs, was opened by Cameroon’s Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Adoum Garoua. It aimed at producing a generation that believes in sport and thinks it can be practised in a drug-free, healthy and clean environment. The aim was to induce young sportsmen and women to rely solely on training, and the Yaounde deliberations sought to make the sports spirit the overriding value in a world where drugs are a real health threat and actually undermine sports ideals and values. Organised by UNESCO and RADO, the seminar received assistance from the local Anti-Doping Organisation, OCALUDS, headed by Robert Ndzana, a well-known figure in Sub-regional sports circles.


YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES

Update Nanjing 2014: Sports programme made public

T

he 2nd the Youth Olympic Games (YOGs) are billed for Nanjing in August 2014, and will bring together more than 3800 young athletes from 200 countries. 28 sports codes are on schedule, together with a series of education and cultural activities. The official mascot of the Games was revealed some days ago during an important ceremony attended by more than 40,000 people at the Nanjing Olympic Centre, one of the main competition venues of the forthcoming YOGs. It is christened Nanjinglele, a name inspired by a unique natural feature of the host city known as the “Rain flower pebbles” (also translated simply as “River stone”). The design of the mascot takes the typical shape and appearance of this stone, highlighting the emblem’s colours. The word ‘Lele’ echoes the sound of pebbles colliding together and is pronounced like the Chinese word for happiness or joy. African NOCs will, just like they did in 2012 in Singapore, honour the appointment. Following is the schedule of various events of the 2nd Youth Olympic games billed for 2014.

Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games – Sports programme and quotas Sports

Number of events

Disciplines (if any)

M

W

Mixed

TOTAL

Diving

2

2

1

8

Individual 3m springboard (M&W) Individual 10m platform (M&W) 3m & 10m mixed team (1M, 1W)

48

400

Archery

Athletics

Basketball

Basketball

Badminton

Boxing

Canoe-Kayak

Racing

Cycling Equestrian

Jumping

Quotas

17

17

2

36

Freestyle: 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m (M&W) Breaststroke: 50m, 100m, 200m (M&W) Backstroke: 50m, 100m, 200m (M&W) Butterfly: 50m, 100m, 200m (M&W) 200m individual medley (M&W) 4 x 100m medley and freestyle relays (M&W) 4x 100m medley and freestyle relays (mixed)

1

1

1

3

Recurve individual (M&W) Mixed team event (1M, 1W)

84

78

Aquatics Swimming

Events

18

18

1

37

100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 2000m steeplechase, 110m/100m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles High Jump, Pole Vault, Long Jump, Triple Jump Shot Put, Discus Throw, Hammer Throw, Javelin Throw Race Walk (10,000m M / 5,000m W) 8x100m mixed team relay

2

2

-

4

20-team tournaments (M&W) Skills challenge (M&W)

160

1

1

1

3

Singles (M&W) Mixed Doubles

64

10

3

-

13

M: Light Fly (46 to 49kg), Fly (up to 52kg), Bantam (up to 56kg), Light (up to 60kg), Light Welter (up to 64kg), Welter (up to 69kg), Middle (up to 75kg), Light Heavy (up to 81kg), Heavy (up to 91kg), Super Heavy (+91kg) W: Fly (48 to 51kg), Light (57 to 60kg), Middle (69 to 75kg)

4

4

-

8

K1 Head to head sprint racing (M&W) K1 Obstacle slalom racing (M&W) C1 Head to head sprint racing (M&W) C1 Obstacle slalom racing (M&W)

64

1

1

1

3

2-Boy Teams Event: BMX - MTB - Road 2-Girl Teams Event: BMX - MTB - Road 2-Boy and 2-Girl Teams Event Relay: MTB - Road

128

-

-

2

2

Individual competition Continental team competition

30


YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES

Update Sports

Disciplines

Number of events

Events

Quotas

M

W

Mixed

TOTAL

Football

1

1

0

2

6-team tournaments (M&W)

216

Golf

1

1

1

3

Individual stroke play competition (M&W) Mixed gender team competition

84 108

Artistic

8

8

-

14

ndividual all-around (M&W) Individual apparatus finals: Floor (M&W), Vault (M&W), Pommel Horse (M), Rings (M), Parallel Bars (M), Horizontal Bar (M), Uneven Bars (W), Balance Beam (W) Trampoline individual competition (M&W)

Rhythmic

-

2

-

2

Individual all-around (W) Group competition (W)

48

1

1

-

2

6-team tournaments (M&W)

168

10-team tournaments (M&W)

180

Gymnastics

Handball Hockey

Five-a-side

Judo

1

1

-

2

M : - 55kg, 55-66kg, 66-81kg, 81-100kg W : - 44kg, 44-52kg, 52-63kg, 63-78kg Mixed continental team competition (4M, 4W)

104

Modern Pentathlon

1

1

1

3

Individual competition (M&W) Mixed relay competition (1M, 1W)

48

Rowing

2

2

-

4

Single sculls (M&W) Pairs (M&W)

96

1

1

-

2

6-team tournaments (M&W)

144

2

2

-

4

Windsurfer (M&W) 1 person dinghy (M&W)

100

80

Rugby

Racing Sevenst

Sailing

Shooting

2

2

2

6

Air rifle 10m (M&W) Air pistol 10m (M&W) Air rifle mixed team (1M, 1W) Air pistol mixed team (1M, 1W)

Tennis de table

1

1

1

3

Singles (M&W) Mixed team competition (1M, 1W)

64

Taekwondo

5

5

-

10

H : - 48kg, 48-55kg, 55-63kg, 63-73kg, +73kg F : - 44kg, 44-49kg, 49-55kg, 55-63kg, +63kg

100

Table tennis

2

2

1

5

Simple (H&F) Doubles (H&F) Doubles mixtes

64

Triathlon

1

1

1

3

Individual sprint distance (M&W) Mixed relay continental teams (2M, 2W)

64

1

1

-

11

36-team tournament (M&W)

144

6

5

-

11

M : 56kg, 62kg, 69kg, 77kg, 85kg, +85kg W : 48kg, 53kg, 58kg, 63kg, +63kg

110

Volleyball Weightlifting

Beach volleyball

Wrestling

10

4

-

14

Total events

109

95

18

222

Greco-Roman: M : 42kg, 50kg, 58kg, 69kg, 85kg Freestyle: M : 46kg, 54kg, 63kg, 76kg, 100kg W : 46kg, 52kg, 60kg, 70kg Total athletes

112

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