2 July 2013

Gambia: Beatrice Allen Attends IOC General Assembly

Gambia and sub-Saharan Africa's first female International Olympic Committee executive member, Beatrice Allen, will be part of the IOC's top brass that will attend the organisation's 2013 Extraordinary Session in the Swiss city of Lausanne on the 3rd and 4th July.

Allen has left the country at the weekend for what promises to be a busy week ahead for the Olympic Movement, with a number of important agenda items including 2020 Candidate City Briefing for IOC Members.

The Gambian, who is a member of the IOC Women and Sport commission, Culture and Olympic Education and, a member of the coordination team for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, will first attend the IOC Women and Sport Awards yesterday that kicked off the weekend, followed by an Executive Board meeting today (Tuesday) to discuss nominations for IOC membership and the extension of the IOC headquarters, and to hold the draw for the order of presentations to the Session on Thursday 4 July by the six candidates vying to become the next IOC President.

The Extraordinary Session gets underway on Wednesday 3 July at Beaulieu Convention Centre, with the bid teams of Istanbul (Turkey), Tokyo (Japan) and Madrid (Spain) each making 45-minute presentations before fielding questions during 45-minute question and answer sessions. This will be followed by the swearing-in as IOC members of the four athletes elected by their peers to the IOC Athletes' Commission during London 2012.

The next day, the three cities bidding to host the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games - Buenos Aires (Argentina), Glasgow (Great Britain) and Medellin (Colombia) - will also present to the Session prior to the election of the host city. Following the vote, the six presidential candidates -- Thomas Bach, Sergey Bubka, Richard Carrión, Ser Miang Ng, Denis Oswald, and Ching-Kuo Wu will present their programmes, in camera, to the full IOC membership.

Upon completion of the IOC Extraordinary Session, Allen who also serves as the Chairperson of the Women and Sports Commission of the Association of the National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), will attend the ANOCA General Assembly on July 11th in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The ANOCA General Assembly will also be attended by the president of the GNOC, Alhaji Momodou Dibba, secretary general Peter Prom and its media attaché Namory Trawally.

The ANOCA General Assembly amongst other things will see Tommy Sithole come face to face with Egyptian Ahaled Zein El Din for the position of the organisation's secretary general, as the veteran Zimbabwean sports administrator recently indicated that he now wants to make a comeback.

Sithole, the former president of the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee, was a member of the ANOCA executive committee since 1989 and its secretary-general from 1997 until his appointment into office as the International Olympic Committee's Director of International Co-operation and Development in 2003.

After spending the past 10 years working as the IOC's Director of International Co-operation and Development, Sithole is now seeking greener pastures elsewhere and will be contesting for the ANOCA secretary-general post at the elections that will be held during the organisation's General Assembly in Abidjan.

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