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Busy Week In Fiji For International Olympic Committee Boss

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach took to Albert Park, to meet with our sports people.
07 May 2022 11:39
Busy Week In Fiji For International Olympic Committee Boss
IOC president Thomas Bach with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during his courtesy visit in Suva. Photo: PM’s Office

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach took to Albert Park, to meet with our sports people.

Bach was in the country to officially open the Oceania National Olympic Committees’ (ONOC) XLII Annual General Assembly at the Sheraton Fiji Resort in Deanrau, Nadi, on Tuesday.

During the General Assembly, Dr Robin Mitchell was re-elected as ONOC president.
He was elected unopposed and will serve another term, which ends in 2025.

IOC president Thomas Bach with former Flying Fijians captain Ro Alifereti Doviverata and the Lakeba rugby team at Albert Park, Suva. Photo: FASANOC

IOC president Thomas Bach with former Flying Fijians captain Ro Alifereti Doviverata and the Lakeba rugby team at Albert Park, Suva. Photo: FASANOC

Dr Mitchell said he hope to boost sporting standards in Oceania and work more closely with Oceania federations, in terms of providing funding and scholarships to boost their performance in the region.

“I thank all the members for having faith in me once again and will continue with the strategic plans that have been put in place,” he said.
Dr Mitchell has held the post since 2009.

IOC president Thomas Bach with the Cricket Fiji women’s cricket team squad. Photo: FASANOC

IOC president Thomas Bach with the Cricket Fiji women’s cricket team squad. Photo: FASANOC

Palau’s NOC secretary-general Baklai Temengil was appointed vice-president as he takes over from VASANOC president Antoine Boudier. The ONOC secretary general post remained with Ricardo Blas.

The four executive members are FSMOC secretary general Jim TobinMarcus Steven (Nauru), TASANOC secretary general Siosifa Takitoa Taumoepeau and PNGOC Auvita Rapilla. 

IOC president Thomas Bach with junior rugby players at Albert Park, Suva. Photo: FASANOC

IOC president Thomas Bach with Lakeba rugby players at Albert Park, Suva. Photo: FASANOC

Bach also paid a courtesy call to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on Wednesday. The Head of the Fijian Government congratulated Bach’s re-election as president of IOC for a second four-year term on March 10, 2021.

Bach later opened the new ONOC headquarters in Suva. This was followed by the ONOC’s 40th Anniversary dinner at the Grand Pacific Hotel.

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