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ANOC Press Release: ANOC awards scholarships for second MSA course at Riou


02 Jul 2014
Lausanne: The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) today reinforced its commitment to disseminating best practice amongst its 204 member NOCs as it awarded two students from the Republic of Moldova and Vanuatu scholarships to study on the Master of Sport Administration (MSA) course at the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU).

The two full scholarships – provided courtesy of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation – have been awarded to Natalia Brebu, Secretary General of the Moldovan Tennis Federation, and Trevor Toka, National Sports Programmes Coordinator, Research Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at the Government of the Republic of Vanuatu’s Ministry of Youth Development Sports and Training. The scholars were proposed by their countries’ NOCs following ANOC’s call for applications through the NOC network in March earlier this year.

ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah commented:

“We are delighted to be able to offer these two scholarships to Natalia Brebu and Trevor Toka. The National Olympic Committees of the Republic of Moldova and Vanuatu, like many NOCs, do not always enjoy the same opportunities that the bigger, more established NOCs are afforded. It is our job at ANOC to ensure that all 204 NOCs – big and small – receive the very highest level of service and are given access to Olympic best practice so they can continue to grow and develop. The RIOU scholarships are an excellent way of doing this and we thank Vladimir Potanin and his foundation for providing this opportunity.” 

This will be the second year that ANOC has awarded scholarships to study the MSA course to its members with Evelyn Hopp from the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), Jorge Mario Marroqu?n Menéndez from Guatemala and Llanga Pathirathnalage Wijeratne from the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka all taking part in the inaugural course in the last academic year.

RIOU Rector Professor Lev Belousov said: 

“We are very pleased that ANOC will continue to have a presence at RIOU next year. Just last week the ANOC scholars on the inaugural MSA, along with their fellow students, received qualifications after they successfully completed the inaugural programme. Now we look ahead with excitement to next year’s intake of students who – just as those that have just graduated – will benefit from our state-of-the-art campus, excellent facilities and world-class lecturers.”
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