The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) plans to hold Executive Board Meeting, the first since its recent election into the African Olympic body in Djibouti, at which its mandate was renewed.
The event is to be held from July 31 to Aug. 3 in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, where ANOCA headquarters has been domiciled.
The ANOCA Director, Communications, Elisabeth Emana told the Echonewsng.com in Abuja on Friday that plans were now at an advanced stage to hold the meeting at which the new executive committee would take hard looks at its plans over the next four years of the quadrennial.
The meeting is also to evolve workable strategies aimed at making African athletes to have strong showing at the next Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
It would review preparations toward the 2018 Algiers Youth Games as well as preparation toward the Youth Games in Argentina.
The association would also take focussed look at counting-down toward being saddled with the responsibility of organising the next African Games, to which a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between it and the African Union.
ANOCA will be supported by the Association of Africa Sports Confederations as its technical partners.
The Association also take briefing from Cape Verde on their progress in preparation for the maiden African Beach Games, that they won a bid to host.
“It will be a loaded programme,’’ remarked Mitchell Obi, President of the Africa Sports Press (AIPS-Africa).
According to him, it will be a good forum to launch reconciliation among the African Olympic family, after what appeared to bitter elections for candidates that failed to emerge after jostling for positions.
The new executive committee emerged at the 17th Ordinary General Assembly that was held in Djibouti, the Djiboutian capital from March 5 to March 11.
Ivorian Lassana Yakire Palenfo re-emerged unopposed to lead the ANOCA over the next quadrennial – 2017 to 2020.
Palenfo ran unopposed after his opponent; Cameroonian Malboum Kalkaba was suspended over alleged ethics violation.
In the contest for the 1st Vice-President, Mustapha Berraf defeated the SAM Gideon Napoleon of South Africa 36 – 18.
Sam, who was earlier disqualified, was cleared after he made a case that his country did not receive the invoice to settle their Affiliation fees, for which he was earlier disqualified.
The upset in the election occurred when ELGASIM HASHIM Ahmed Abu of Sudan, defeated the incumbent Secretary-General, Tommy Sithole, 38 – 16.
Nigeria’s Habu Ahmed Gumel was returned unopposed as Treasurer-General after his opponent Gambian ABOU WADDA Ousman withdrew from the race.
The Executive Board would be joined by presidents of ANOCA seven zones.
Int.General PALENFO Yakire Lassana — Cote d’Ivoire
Mr BERRAF Mustapha — Algeria
Mr DA COSTA AFONSO ALEGRE Joao Manuel — Sao Tome & Principe
– ANOCA 2nd Vice President
Mr HA SHUN Hao Thyn Voon — Mauritius
– ANOCA 3rd Vice-President –
Ms MOILOA-RAMOQOPO Matlohang — Lesotho
– ANOCA 4th Vice-President
ELGASIM HASHIM Ahmed Abu –Sudan
– NOC Secretary General For position of Treasurer General
GUMEL Habu — Nigeria
–ANOCA Treasurer General – NOC President.