The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) was established in June 1979 during the Constitutive General Assembly in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Mario Vázquez Raña (Mexico) served as ANOC President for nearly 33 years, before being succeeded by the current President, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah (Kuwait), in April 2012.The first General Assembly of the NOCs took place in Rome from 30 September – 2 October 1965.
ANOC’s headquarters was located in Paris between 1982 and 2010 before moving to the Olympic capital, Lausanne, in May 2010. In 2015, ANOC moved into a new, modern headquarters in Lausanne. The new offices, which were inaugurated in June 2015, showcase ANOC’s commitment to modernisation and provide the best possible environment from which to serve the NOCs. The offices serve as ANOC’s global operational hub, as well as a base to welcome members of the world’s NOCs and host NOC and Continental Association meetings.
VISION & MISSION OF THE ANOC
When the ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah (Kuwait) was elected in April 2012 his stated objective was to reform, modernise and professionalise the organisation in order to better serve the needs of the world’s NOCs.
Under Sheikh Ahmad’s visionary leadership, ANOC has strived to protect and advance the collective interests of the NOCs by delivering an unprecedented level of assistance and support. The set-up and objectives of the nine new ANOC Commissions and Working Groups (which include representatives from all five continental associations) in December 2013 is the latest innovation in achieving this aim. The creation of the Commissions and Working Groups will ensure that finding solutions to the most important issues facing the NOCs is kept at the very forefront of ANOC’s agenda.
ANOC also aims to strengthen the relationships between the NOCs and the Olympic Family for the benefit of the entire Olympic Movement. By facilitating and opening up a new dialogue, ANOC is committed to forging more productive and collaborative working relationships between NOCs and International Federations (IFs) in particular.
ANOC also has a number of strong relationships with other organisations including UNESCO. ANOC has representatives in a number of IOC Commissions, in particular in the Coordination Commissions for Olympic Games; the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA); the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS); and the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS).
The objectives of the Association are to:
- Serve, promote and protect the common and collective interests of the NOCs;
- Collaborate with, and be recognised by, the IOC to advance and promote the goal of the Olympic Movement and its fundamental principles in accordance with the Olympic Charter;
- Collaborate with Olympic Solidarity to advance programmes that support and improve the wellbeing of NOCs and ensure the effective distribution of resources to NOCs;
- Promote in collaboration with the IOC universal principles of good governance within NOCs;
- Recognise and collaborate with the continental associations and co-operate with other organisations which form part of the Olympic Movement;
- Discourage and deter all forms of unlawful discrimination, on the grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise;
- Create and confer awards consistent with the objects of the Association;
- Organise any and all kinds of events, functions, festivals and activities;
- And do all such other acts and things incidental to the attainment of these objects.
ANOC and the NOCs contribute to the dissemination of the Olympic ideals through the National Olympic Academies and their representatives at the sessions of the International Olympic Academy.
ANOC and the NOCs also contribute to developing Sport for All by patronising, or organising national events and participating in the international Sport for All Congresses.