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The OCA Athletes’ Committee in Haiyang
OCA Athletes’ Committee meets in Haiyang

15 Jun 2012
Haiyang, China: IOC members Yang Yang from China and Moon Dae Sung from Korea attended the OCA Athletes’ Committee meeting at the Shenglong Jianguo Hotel on Friday afternoon to share their experiences with members. The pair of Olympic champions are both members of the IOC Athletes’ Commission and outlined the main activities of the commission, such as the Athlete Career Programme to assist athletes after their retirement from competitive sport; hosting the International Athletes’ Forum every two years to discuss and protect the interests of athletes; and the Athlete Role Model programme, which began at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010 and is designed to inspire youngsters by chatting with outstanding Olympic athletes.

The Chair of the OCA Athletes’ Committee, Yuko Arakida of Japan, thanked the two IOC members for their attendance and presentation, which provided an insight into the projects that could be replicated at an Asian level.

Mrs Arakida, Olympic volleyball champion with Japan in Montreal in 1976, reported that, despite strenuous efforts to encourage National Olympic Committees to form an Athletes’ Committee, only 18 of Asia’s 45 NOCs had done so.

Each member of the committee was asked to submit ideas on how to encourage NOCs to establish an Athletes’ Committee, with a July 15 deadline.

The committee also decided to send a letter to the 45 NOCs reminding them of the vote for the IOC Athletes’ Commission during the Olympic Games in London this summer. Four of the 21 candidates for four places on the IOC Athletes’ Commission are from Asia.

Moon, the 2004 Olympic men’s heavyweight (+80kg) champion in taekwondo, said the key to his election success in 2008 was meeting and talking to athletes, spending 15 hours a day in the Athletes’ Village at the Beijing Olympics seeking support.
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