Date : 05 Nov 2019
Bangkok, Thailand, November 5, 2019: The IOC Member from Thailand, Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul, opened the second OCA/Olympic Solidarity regional forum at the Arnoma Grand Hotel on Tuesday morning.
Addressing delegates from National Olympic Committees in West Asia, Central Asia and South Asia, Mrs Leeswadtrakul said the forum would be a very informative two days in the build-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
“I am happy to welcome all the NOCs from West, Central and South Asia to this two-day forum,” said Mrs Leeswadtrakul, who is also Chair of the OCA Culture Committee and a member of the OCA Executive Board.
“The forum is being held by Olympic Solidarity, the Olympic Council of Asia and the organising committee of Tokyo 2020. I am also pleased to welcome the organising committees from the Sanya Asian Beach Games 2020 and Hangzhou Asian Games 2022.
“I would like to commend all parties for preparing everything for you and the detailed information for next year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. I think it will be extremely useful for all of you to engage with the IOC and Olympic Solidarity. There are many matters which the NOCs should understand.”
Mrs Leeswadtrakul closed her welcome address by wishing all Asian NOCs good luck in the Olympic Games in Tokyo. “I am sure it will be very informative today and tomorrow.”
The Director of the OCA Asian Games department, Haider Farman, told the delegates that the OCA and IOC Olympic Solidarity would always be at the disposal of the NOCs to assist in their preparations for Tokyo 2020 and urged them to take advantage of the two-day forum to discuss their needs so that all parties would benefit.
Representing Olympic Solidarity – which distributes the TV revenue from the Olympic Games to the NOCs on behalf of the IOC – Olivier Niamkey said the IOC President Thomas Bach stressed recently that the athletes were at the centre of all actions. Furthermore, the forum would help the NOCs provide the best conditions for the athletes and help them to produce their best performance.
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