Colin Moynihan, President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Special Commission which focuses on the 204 National Olympic Committees and their relationships with their Governments, indicated today that the Special Commission will devote its energy over the next nine months to the delivery of a record turnout of Sports Ministers at the Second World Olympic Convention to be held in Moscow in April 2012.
The announcement follows the recent ANOC Executive Committee Meeting held during the IOC Session in Durban, South Africa, during which ANOC President Mario Vazquez Rana underscored the importance of the Second World Olympic Convention and the role of the ANOC Special Commission in its successful organisation and delivery.
Patrick Hickey, President of the European Olympic Committees, welcomed the news with the comment: “Congratulations to Colin. This is great for the BOA and great for Europe. I am sure Moscow will be a tremendous success.”
The Rt. Hon. Hugh Robertson MP, Minister for the Olympics, stated: “To develop communication channels and frameworks to ensure that National Olympic Committees and Governments are able to work together, through sport and recreation, with the goal of achieving healthy and physically active societies is a key objective of the World Olympic Sport Convention in Moscow next year. Colin’s role as President of this Commission reflects the growing influence of Britain in international sport. This is great news for him and the much strengthened British Olympic Association which he chairs.”
Colin Moynihan, speaking from Turkey where he is with the British European Youth Olympic Team, stated: “The Commission includes representatives from all five Continents. Our vision is for every National Olympic Committee to have a strategically collaborative working relationship with its Government, whilst retaining its autonomy. I am confident the 2012 Olympic Sport Convention in Moscow will take forward this agenda.”