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Akauola: Oceania Making Progress

Akauola: Oceania Making Progress
Oceania Regional media specialist Matai Akauola during the IOC Media Workshop on Women and Sport. Photo: Anasilini Ratuva
May 18
07:54 2015

Matai Akauola inspired the African and Asian delegates during the International Olympic Committee media workshop in Doha last Saturday.

In making his presentation during the last day of workshop, Oceania Regional Media Development Specialist explained the programme and plans media in the Pacific Islands are working towards.

“We have regional and national policies in place, there are a lot of policies but we need to see things happen,” Akauola said.

“There may be a lot of NGO’s being set up but the motive is different for us as media practitioners in trying to see if there are genuine programmes which will suit us traditionally.”

He said the Oceania media works towards prosperity in understanding the Olympic movement and structures.

“The Oceania National Olympic Committee ONOC) has just signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Pacific Island News Association (PINA),”said.

“We are already on the front foot on how we work things out in the Pacific. We have the traditional set up that needs to be understood as well,

“In Oceania we have already started the move in getting the media people together for workshops.  Recently we had media from the region coming together to understand their role and finding solutions,

Association of National Olympic Committee member/ secretary general of Africa National Olympic Committee Ganda Sithole said there were a lot to be learned from Oceania.

“We really appreciate what the small regions from the Oceania are working towards,”Sithole said.

“This is something other region need to learn from.”




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