Asia, Americas NOCs Meet in Virtual World

(ATR) Host for 2030 Asian Games ahead…Panam Sports elects leadership.


(ATR) Asia NOCs get ready to choose between Riyadh and Doha for the 2030 Asian Games while Panam Sports leaders for the next four years will be determined Wednesday.

Both meetings of the Olympic Council of Asia and Panam Sports will be delivered virtually as a concession to coronavirus countermeasures. Panam Sports, representing 41 NOCs in the Americas, will conduct its annual general assembly completely virtual. OCA, with 45 member NOCs, will hold a hybrid assembly anchored in Muscat, Oman. Those NOCs which can travel to Muscat will meet at the J.W. Marriott while members who cannot travel will join virtually.

The OCA meeting is the first time since the pandemic that an in person gathering has been scheduled for a major Olympic group.

The selection of a host for the 2030 Asian Games is the big item on the agenda. Doha, host of the 2006 games is bidding for an encore. Riyadh, 600km west of the Qatari capital is trying to host a first Asian Games.

The contest between the two neighbors is the first time since 2012 there has been more than one bidder for the games.

"At the endof a difficult year, the OCA is very happy to bring the Olympic movement in Asia together for our General Assembly," says OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah.

"We would like to thank the National Olympic Committees who have been able to travel to Muscat for our important meeting, and also we understand the complicated situation for other NOCs who have not been able to attend in person due to travel restrictions and health protocols in various countries and regions," said the OCA leader in statement.

On the other side of the globe, the Panam Sports general assembly is spread over two days, Dec. 15 and 16.

Key items on the agenda will be the finalization of the sports program for the 2023 Pan Am Games in Santiago, Chile and updates on plans for the 2021 Pan American Youth Games in Cali, Colombia.

Elections will determine the Panam Sports leadership for the next four years. No big changes are in the works with Nevin Ilic the sole candidate for president. Among the four vice presidents, Mexico’s Jimena Saldana is nominated unopposed to succeed fellow countryman Carlos Padilla, the only change in those seats.

IOC President Thomas Bach will address the OCA and Panam Sports meetings with a virtual appearance.

Reported by Ed Hula.