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Doc: Change Approach

Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) president Dr Robin Mitchell has plans of lifting the sporting standards come Tokyo 2020. Speaking at the ONOC General Assembly, Dr Mitchell said the Continental
01 Apr 2017 11:45
Doc: Change Approach
Federation president Dr Robin Mitchell

Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) president Dr Robin Mitchell has plans of lifting the sporting standards come Tokyo 2020.

Speaking at the ONOC General Assembly, Dr Mitchell said the Continental Association were looking at changing their approach in a bid to aid athletes.

He believes that by working more closely with Federations, Pacific nations could make an impact at the next Summer Games in Japan.

“We have got to improve the standards,” Dr Mitchell said.

“Particularly in track and field, as there are invitational places. Some of them have said ‘unless you qualify, you do not get in’, to help raise standards.

“We are looking at working more closely with Federations and are hoping our National Olympic Committees can talk with them here and use the chance to get their planning together.

“We used to provide funding for it, but we are now looking at changing the process as some of the work we are doing is development work, which the International Federations should be doing.

“We are looking more at providing scholarships, so if your Federation identifies you as a great table tennis player, you have enough opportunities to qualify.”

ONOC’s largest NOCs Australia and New Zealand have strong Olympic pedigree, and Fiji made a major impact at Rio 2016.

Their men’s rugby sevens team lived up to their favourites tag by storming to victory, giving the country their first Olympic gold medal as the sport debuted.

The medal is viewed as a united achievement by Oceania by the majority of the Pacific Island nations here.

Dr Mitchell, believes the gold medal has also provided further inspiration among the NOCs as they build their teams towards Tokyo 2020.



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