Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 15th 2016 Contents The general assembly of the 21st Asso-
ciation of National Olympic Committees
(ANOC) is underway in Doha, Qatar,
beginning today. Over 1,200 delegates
including representatives from 206
Olympic Committees, International
Sport Federations and Olympic bid
cities will be in attendance.
There will be insightful and far
reaching discussions as the Olympic
movement seeks to create solutions to
myriad, and in some aspects, complex issues and
The objective will be finding ways to move forward.
ANOC is one of the Olympic movement s most influ-
ential organisations. Its general assembly is the ideal
platform to discuss issues and challenges as a forum
dedicated to advancing the cause of Olympism and
the Olympic Games.
I know I am not alone in looking forward to learning
from my peers. Under the forward-thinking and
determined leadership of Sheikh Ahmad, ANOC con-
gresses are much improved. One thing has remained
consistent, though --- just as the Olympic Games
may see us hoping our athletes will prevail against
those of our neighbours --- the ANOC congress will
see Olympic leaders collaborate in the interest of all
It is a remarkable feature of the Olympic Movement
that those who compete so fiercely on the field of
play collaborate so well off it.
Global collaboration is clearly replicated at con-
tinental and also regional level. Indeed I would argue
that regional cooperation even has the potential to
be the most fruitful. The regional associations often
bring together similar sized NOCs, who often face
very similar issues and who often find considerable
scope for joint solutions.
The Caribbean Association of National Olympic
Committees (CANOC), which I have the profound
honour of serving as interim president, is a great
example. By acting in the common interest
and in a unified manner we have been able
to successfully resolve vital issues, such as
broadcast coverage of the Olympic Games
in our region.
Through unity, collaboration
and innovation, however,
CANOC has been able to deliver
for athletes, viewers and NOCs
alike. In the case of Rio, more
broadcast coverage featured
on more channels and in more
places throughout our region than ever
before. And proactive partnerships meant
our territory enjoyed all the features of mar-
kets whose broadcasters have deeper pockets.
During the Games, access to an online
streaming multichannel player meant that
users could enjoy the Games at home, at
work, when out and about and yes, even
when at the beach. It gave an extra boost
to our athletes in Rio to know that their
performances would be so widely watched
A regional approach to anti-doping is
similarly helpful. CANOC s members share
common issues such as distance from
And for governance improvements, it
makes sense to bring regional leaders
together for workshops, sharing best practice
among colleagues we know and respect.
Implementing positive change in a sustain-
able way also requires a long-term com-
mitment. A regional approach can ensure
the processes endure across organisations
even when the faces change.
Working for the common good is of course
the best way in which the Caribbean
Olympic movement can contribute to ANOC
and the Olympic Movement as a whole.
Brian Lewis is president of the T&T
Olympic Committee. The views expressed
here are not necessarily those of the T&TOC.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Trump election on
agenda in Doha meet
DOHA---Donald Trump s victory in the US pres-
idential election looms over the race for the 2024
Summer Games as the three bid cities prepare to
make their first presentations to a key gathering
of global Olympic officials.
With 10 months before the vote, bid leaders from
Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest, Hungary, have trav-
elled to Doha to pitch their case to the general assembly
of the Association of National Olympic Committees
--- a meeting attended by more than 1,000 delegates
from around the world.
The Los Angeles bid team may have the most at
stake in today s 20-minute presentations, which will
occur exactly a week after Trump s election victory
over Hillary Clinton. Trump s comments during the
campaign about Muslims and Mexicans and his
foreign policy plans could hurt the US city s standing
with some of the IOC s 98 members, who represent
a wide range of countries and cultural and religious
Los Angeles bid leader Casey Wasserman, who
was a prominent Clinton supporter, said his group
has already been in contact with members of Trump s
Sorting out complex issues of Olympism
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