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U.S. Olympic Committee To Host All 206 National Olympic Committees In Washington For XX ANOC General Assembly

By United States Olympic Committee | Oct. 12, 2015, 12:30 p.m. (ET)

The U.S. Supreme Court Building on March 28, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Association of National Olympic Committees and the United States Olympic Committee will host representatives from all 206 NOCs in Washington, D.C., later this month for a week of events highlighted by the XX ANOC General Assembly and the ANOC Awards 2015.

More than 1,000 delegates will experience the unique beauty and history of the nation’s capital during one of the Olympic Movement’s largest gatherings outside of the Olympic Games. Being held in the U.S. for the first time since 1994, the assembly will include NOC delegates, plus the ANOC Executive Council and representatives from International Federations and future Organizing Committees of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“We are very much looking forward to welcoming our colleagues from around the world for one of the most important meetings of the Olympic Movement,” said USOC Chairman Larry Probst. “We’re grateful to ANOC and President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah for affording us the opportunity to help host the event, as well as to The Foundation for Global Sports Development for providing critical support.”

The Foundation for Global Sports Development is providing support to the USOC to host the 2015 event, with additional assistance from BMW and Hilton. 

“With two weeks to go, excitement is growing ahead of the General Assembly. We have had very good cooperation with the USOC throughout our preparations and we have no doubt that they will host an excellent event,” said ANOC Secretary General Gunilla Lindberg.

Prior to the assembly (Oct. 29-30), nine ANOC Commission and Working Group meetings and the 68th meeting of the ANOC Executive Council will take place on Oct. 27-28. The ANOC Awards 2015, set for Oct. 29 in the historic DAR Constitution Hall, will serve as the week’s marquee event. Olympic stars will be on hand to honor the top athletes from each of the Continental Games from the last year.

“The Foundation for Global Sports Development is a long-time supporter of the Olympic Movement, and is proud to extend that support to the USOC for the hosting of the XX ANOC General Assembly,” said David Ulich, executive board member of GSD. “Through the Movement, the core values that GSD represents – sportsmanship, teamwork, education, integrity and agility – are promoted among the world’s youth.”

The week will also include a robust cultural program whereby guests will have the opportunity to experience the many offerings in and around Washington, D.C., from museums and monuments to world-class dining and shopping.

“Our nation’s capital is truly unique – rich with history and diversity,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “It will provide the perfect backdrop to a week of collaboration and celebration with our international guests.”

For more information, visit ANOCOlympic.org or TeamUSA.org/ANOC-General-Assembly.

Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the United States Olympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. As such, the USOC is responsible for the training, entering and funding of U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, while serving as a steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements throughout the country. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org.

The Association of National Olympic Committees was established in 1979 and is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. It serves as the umbrella organization responsible for protecting and advancing the interests of the world’s National Olympic Committees, and for supporting their mission to promote the Olympic values worldwide. For more information, visit ANOCOlympic.org.

Founded by David Ulich and Steven Ungerleider more than 20 years ago, The Foundation for Global Sports Development has worked closely with international sports federations and athletes to deliver and support initiatives that promote fair play, education and the physical and developmental benefits of sports for youth around the world. The foundation offers grants to Olympic-based programs and athletes across all five regions of the globe.