Press Release: OCA nominates China’s Yu Zaiqing for ANOC Vice President
04 Jun 2014
Kuwait City, Kuwait: The Olympic Council of Asia unanimously approved the nomination of China’s Yu Zaiqing to be the Vice President (Asia) on the Executive Council of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) at an Extraordinary General Assembly in Kuwait on Wednesday.
Mr Yu, who is an IOC Vice President, was the only candidate and his nomination by OCA President HE Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah was met with a round of applause by delegates at the OCA HQ building.
Sheikh Ahmad said Mr Yu would be nominated at the ANOC General Assembly in Bangkok, Thailand, in November, and his term of office would be for four years.
The Chinese sports official thanked Sheikh Ahmad and all his colleagues and friends for their trust and support.
“Thank you for nominating me for Vice President of ANOC and I am going to spend more time and energy working for the OCA and ANOC,” he said.
“I will try my best to satisfy the needs and expectations of the NOCs and I will do my best for the athletes without political, commercial or religious influence. I will never let you down.”
Sheikh Ahmad said Mr Yu had been a great ambassador for Chinese sport in his work with the OCA and IOC and said his appointment would add value to the ANOC Executive Council.
In other news from the Extraordinary General Assembly:
• Delegates observed a minute’s silence for two former OCA colleagues who passed away recently: Dr Feng-Shu Chang of Chinese Taipei and Dr Rashed bin Hamad Al-Heraiwel of Saudi Arabia. Dr Chang was a long-serving Chairman of the OCA Finance Committee who put in place the mechanisms and financial structure of the OCA, while Dr Rashed was Chairman of the OCA Education Committee and a very prominent sports administrator in the Gulf region.
• Mr Mohammed H. Almishal, Secretary General of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, was appointed the new Chairman of the OCA Education Committee for two years until the next Elective General Assembly.
• The OCA President was given the authority to close the file on Hanoi’s withdrawal to host the 2019 Asian Games after consultations with marketing and legal experts.
• The OCA President said several cities were interested in hosting the 18th Asian Games after the withdrawal of Hanoi, and he was given the flexibility to bring forward the year of the competition from 2019 to 2018 if it proved more attractive to interested parties. The OCA plans to announce the new host city at the General Assembly in Incheon, Korea, this September.
• The General Assembly in Incheon will also hear the evaluation committee report of preparations for the 2017 Asian Youth Games in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. Hambantota was given three months to show signs of improvement in their preparations by the OCA Executive Board on March 31.
• Maxwell da Silva of Sri Lanka NOC thanked the OCA for their support for both Sri Lanka and Pakistan NOC in disputes with government over autonomy of the Olympic movement.
• Palestine Olympic Committee Secretary General Dr Mazen Al Khatib presented Sheikh Ahmad with an award for his support and leadership.