OCA puts athletes at the heart of Olympic movement with international webinar

OCA Athletes’ Committee Chair Mikako Kotani of Japan. © Olympics.com
OCA Athletes’ Committee Chair Mikako Kotani of Japan. © Olympics.com

Kuwait City, Kuwait, July 28, 2022: The Olympic Council of Asia is putting the athletes at the heart of the Olympic movement by hosting an international webinar next week.

The online forum, which will take place on Wednesday, August 3, is being organised by the OCA Athletes’ Committee (AC).

“The OCA Athletes’ Committee is working hard to activate ACs in Asia and to support existing ACs to implement regional activities to engage athletes, involve them in the decision-making process and to help them on and off the field of play,” said the Chair of the OCA Athletes’ Committee, Mikako Kotani.

“We believe that athletes are a great asset as they are the seeds that provide new growth in building better societies. This webinar will feature presentations from the OCA Athletes’ Committee explaining the main role and responsibilities of continental and National Athletes’ Committees and will also feature personal experiences from different ACs.”

The objectives of the webinar are to introduce the OCA AC strategy and role and the new “Athlete-Centered Project Fund” initiative; to highlight the importance of all National Olympic Committees to establish an AC and the role it plays; to share experiences among different ACs; and to raise awareness.

The target audience is the Asian National Athletes’ Committees, National Olympic Committees and athletes.

The speakers will include OCA Director General Husain Al-Musallam, OCA AC Chair Mikako Kotani, IOC AC Chair Emma Terho, OCA Head of Athletes Development Department and Special Projects Tony Tarraf and IOC Athletes’ Committee Department Director Kaveh Mehrabi.

The ACs of Singapore and the Philippines will introduce their programme of activities, while other topics during the three-hour webinar include the prevention of competition manipulation.