The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) was established in June 1979 during the Constitutive General Assembly in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Mario Vázquez Raña of Mexico served as ANOC President for nearly 33 years before being succeeded by the current President, Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al-Sabah, in April 2012. Sheikh Ahmad was unanimously re-elected for a four-year term in 2014 during the XIX ANOC General Assembly in Bangkok.

ANOC is the umbrella organisation responsible for protecting and advancing the collective interests of the world’s National Olympic Committees (NOCs), including preparing their athletes for the Olympic Games, and for supporting their mission to promote the Olympic Values worldwide. Over the last 36 years, the number of NOCs recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and represented by ANOC has risen to 206.

Each NOC is affiliated to one of five Continental Associations:

  • ANOCA - Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa
  • EOC - European Olympic Committees
  • OCA - Olympic Council of Asia
  • ONOC - Oceania National Olympic Committees
  • PASO - Pan American Sports Organisation

A map showing the five Continental Associations

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In April 2012, during the ANOC XVIII General Assembly in Moscow, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah of Kuwait was elected as the ANOC President for an initial two-year mandate. He was given a four-year term at the elections in Bangkok in November 2014.

Working in collaboration with the ANOC Executive Council, the ANOC President is vested with the power of running and administering the Association in agreement with the wishes expressed by the NOCs during General Assemblies and in compliance with the Constitution - adopted on June 15, 2013. ANOC’s secretary general, Gunilla Lindberg of Sweden, is responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of the Association in consultation with the President.

The General Assembly is the supreme governing authority of the Association. Under the new Constitution, an Ordinary General Assembly must be held once a year. All 206 NOCs participate in the General Assembly, and the event is also a platform for Olympic stakeholders, especially Organising Committees of the Olympic Games and cities bidding to host the Olympic Games, to address the NOC Family.

Every four years the Ordinary General Assembly includes the elections of the President, the senior vice-president, and other members of the Executive Council. The next elections are due to take place in 2018.

Between General Assemblies, Executive Council Meetings must be held at least twice a year. The Executive Council includes members of the five Continental Associations elected for a four-year term.

For a full list of the Executive Council members please click here.


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When the ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah was elected in April 2012 his stated objective was to reform, modernise and professionalise the organisation in order to better serve the needs of the world’s NOCs.

Under Sheikh Ahmad’s visionary leadership, ANOC has strived to protect and advance the collective interests of the NOCs by delivering an unprecedented level of assistance and support. The establishment of nine ANOC Commissions and Working Groups, including representatives from all five Continental Associations, in December 2013 was one of the innovations in achieving this aim. The formation of the Commissions and Working Groups help ensure that finding solutions to the most important issues facing the NOCs is kept at the very forefront of ANOC’s agenda.

ANOC also aims to strengthen the relationships between the NOCs and the Olympic Family for the benefit of the entire Olympic Movement. ANOC played a leading role in the successful adoption of Agenda 2020 by the IOC at its Session in Monte Carlo in December 2014.

By facilitating and opening up a new dialogue, ANOC is committed to forging more productive and collaborative working relationships between NOCs and International Federations (IFs) in particular.

ANOC also has a number of strong relationships with other NGOs including UNESCO. ANOC has representatives on the IOC Coordination Commissions for Olympic Games; the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA); the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS); and the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS).