VANUATU ASSOCIATION of SPORTS AND NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE.
WHAT and WHO is VASANOC ?
- NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE of VANUATU, recognized by the International Olympic Committee;
- COMMONWEALTH GAMES ASSOCIATION of VANUATU, recognized by the Commonwealth Games Federation;
- PACIFIC GAMES ASSOCIATION of VANUATU, recognized by the Pacific Games Council;
- VANUATU ASSOCIATION of FRENCH NOCs, recognized by the Association of French National Olympic Committees;
- NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of SPORTS of VANUATU, recognized by the Vanuatu Government;
- A Member of the ASSOCIATION of NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES (ANOC) and OCEANIA ANTI-DOPING ORGANIZATION (ORADO).
From 1991, VASANOC used to mean “ Vanuatu Amateur Sport Association and National Olympic Committee”.
After the completion of review of VASANOC Constitution in 2006, “VASANOC” was amended to mean “Vanuatu Association of Sport And National Olympic Committee” and in 2009, VASANOC confirmed the abbreviation and name accordingly with the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission (VFSC).
VASANOC Legal Status
According to Article 1.2 of the VASANOC Constitution, VASANOC shall have jurisdiction for sport over all of the territory of Vanuatu and shall have its headquarters located within the boundaries of the capital city, Port Vila.
VASANOC is legally registered at the VFSC as a Charitable organization since 1999 in keeping with Article 1.3 of the VASANOC Constitution.
It is a Non-Government Organization and a member of VANGO.
What is VASANOC ?
It is the National Association for Sport in Vanuatu and umbrella body for National Sport Federations (NSFs) of Vanuatu.
VASANOC is recognized internationally & regionally by:
- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Vanuatu;
- The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) as the Commonwealth Games Association (CGA) of Vanuatu;
- The Pacific Games Council (PGC) as the Pacific Games Association (PGA) of Vanuatu.
VASANOC is the authority for Vanuatu’s participation (as Team Vanuatu) in the following Games:
- Olympic Games (OGs) and Youth Olympic Games (YOGs);
- Commonwealth Games (CGs) and Commonwealth Youth Games (CYGs);
- Pacific Games (PGs) and Pacific Mini-Games (PMGs);
VASANOC VALUE, VISION & MISSION
VASANOC’s Core Value is “Olympism”.
According to the Olympic Charter the Fundamental Principles of Olympism are:
- Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example, social responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.
- The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.
- The Olympic Movement is the concerted, organised, universal and permanent action, carried out under the supreme authority of the IOC, of all individuals and entities who are inspired by the values of Olympism. It covers the five continents. It reaches its peak with the bringing together of the world’s athletes at the great sports festival, the Olympic Games. Its symbol is five interlaced rings.
- The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practising sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.
- Recognising that sport occurs within the framework of society, sports organisations within the Olympic Movement shall have the rights and obligations of autonomy, which include freely establishing and controlling the rules of sport, determining the structure and governance of their organisations, enjoying the right of elections free from any outside influence and the responsibility for ensuring that principles of good governance be applied.
To actively and positively maximize the participation of Vanuatu in all aspects of "Olympism" towards the Olympic Games.
According to Article 2 of the VASANOC Constitution, VASANOC’s Mission is twofold:
1). To develop and protect the Olympic Movement in Vanuatu, in accordance with the Olympic Charter by cooperating with national and provincial governmental bodies and non-governmental organizations and not associate with any activity in contradiction with the Olympic Charter.
2). To represent the interests of all sporting organizations in Vanuatu, to Government and non- government organizations for the promotion of regular and healthy sport and recreation programs for the people of Vanuatu.
VASANOC OBJECTIVES, RIGHTS & DUTIES
According to Article 4 of the VASANOC Constitution, VASANOC Objectives are:
1 To promote the Olympic Movement and Olympism and its ideals.
2 To encourage and assist the promotion of sport as a tool for the overall development of Vanuatu, by providing opportunities for the advancement of our youth and all our sports people.
3 To provide opportunities and facilities for sport related education in Vanuatu.
4 To make representations of national significance to the IOC, ANOC, ONOC.
5 To promote the development of all sports throughout Vanuatu.
6 To nominate national representatives for all commissions and international bodies, requiring representation by VASANOC.
7 To affiliate with IOC, CGF and PGC and to observe and enforce their rules
8 With respective NF’s, facilitate organization/preparation of Team Vanuatu to OGs, CGs, PGs, and PMGs and the Melanesian Games.
9 To collaborate with the Provincial Governments and Government agencies, in organization of above Games and the Vanuatu National Games.
10 To assist its members with facilities, funding and programs that will enhance their administration and strengthen their development infrastructure, through the Olympic solidarity program.
11 To represent the interests of sport to Government with respect to funding for development of facilities, sporting activities, physical education programs and the formulation of a national sports policy.
12 To engage in any revenue earning projects the sole object of which is to enable VASANOC to carry out its objectives and obligations.
13 To create a trust to hold the assets and properties of VASANOC on behalf of its Members.
14 To safeguard the autonomy of sport and resist all pressures whether political, religious or economic that may prevent VASANOC from complying with the Olympic Charter.
15 To commit itself to taking action against any form of violence or discrimination in sport.
16 To adopt and implement the World Anti Doping Code, thereby ensuring that VASANOC anti-doping policies and rules, membership and/or funding requirements and results management procedures conform with the World Anti Doping Code and respect all the roles and responsibilities for NOCs that are listed within the World Anti Doping Code.
17 To cooperate and collaborate with government or non-government bodies in order to fulfill its objectives.
18 To undertake initiatives and programmes to encourage and provide participation in sports, of women, disabled persons and other disadvantaged groups.
VASANOC RIGHTS & DUTIES
According to Article 5 of VASANOC Constitution, VASANOC has the following rights and duties:
1. The exclusive powers for the representation of Vanuatu at the Olympic Games, and the regional, continental or world multi-sport competitions patronized by the IOC. These include:
a). The Commonwealth Games;
b). The Pacific Games;
c). The Pacific Mini Games;
d). The Melanesian Games.
2. Constitute, organize and leads its delegation at the Olympic Games and at the regional, continental or world multi sports competitions patronized by the IOC. Also to decide upon entry of athletes proposed by its respective NFs, in accordance with the Olympic Charter. In addition, to be responsible for the behaviour of the members of its delegations;
3. Develop and organize a national multi-sport competition under the patronage of the IOC, with exclusive rights to its marketing through the use of VASANOC Logo;
4. Authorized to designate the city which may apply to organize the Olympic Games, and the regional, continental or world multi-sport competitions patronized by the IOC, in Vanuatu;
5. Provide its opinions, when necessary, concerning the candidatures for the organization of the Olympic Games and may vote to select the organizing country hosting a Commonwealth Games, Pacific Games, Pacific Mini Games or the Melanesian Games;
6. Participate in congresses and meetings of the ANOC, the ONOC, the Commonwealth Games Federation, the Pacific Games Council and any other international meetings and forums to which it is invited;
7. Organize regularly an annual Olympic Day or Week event intended to promote the Olympic Movement;
8. Employ a CEO. The CEO shall be a professional position, recruited under contract for a four year period to cover the term of the full Olympiad;
9. Take an active part in the programs of Olympic Solidarity and;
10. Endeavour to include in its activities the promotion of culture and the arts in the field of sports and Olympism.
11. Establish a National Council for the Arbitration of Sports to deal with sports-related disputes.
HISTORY OF VASANOC
The Vanuatu National Olympic Committee was established in March 1987 when IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch personally visited the country to officially inaugurate the NOC.
The founding Federations of the Vanuatu NOC were Athletics, Boxing, Basketball, Football and Volleyball. However at the time most sporting organizations in the country were fragmented and without proper coordination, as all came under the Government - sponsored umbrella body known then as the Vanuatu Amateur Sports Federation (VASF).
When the Vanuatu NOC became a member of the IOC, problems began to develop between the two organizations due to differences in opinions, political interference in sport, managerial problems and a general misunderstanding of the responsibilities of government and non-government organizations in the administration of sport. This unfortunate situation was finally resolved in 1990 when all National Sports Federations stepped in, and with the assistance of both the IOC and ONOC, a proper constitution was adopted amalgamating the two sports organizations. In fact this was the first task undertaken at the inaugural Olympic Solidarity Sports Administration Training Program organized in Port Vila and facilitated by Mr Brian Wightman.
At the first Annual General Meeting in March 1991 the VASANOC Constitution was officially approved and adopted. This Constitution was recognized by the Vanuatu Government, ONOC and the IOC. This empowered VASANOC to become the National Association of Sport for Vanuatu, the National Olympic Committee of Vanuatu, the Commonwealth Games Association of Vanuatu and the Pacific Games Association of Vanuatu. VASANOC was also empowered to become exclusively responsible for Sport in Vanuatu, and for preparation and administration of Vanuatu's participation in the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and Pacific Games.
Nine members are elected at the Annual General Meeting to serve a four year term on the Executive.
In 1987 when the NOC was formed only 5 NFs were affiliated to it then in 1991 when VASANOC was formed, only 10 sports were affiliated to it. Since then a total of over 25 NFs have been members of VASANOC.
Some of the Federations that exist in Vanuatu include: Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Cricket, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Karate, Kung Fu, Netball, Petanque, Rowing, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Rowing, Sailing, Squash, Surfing, Table-Tennis, Tae Kwondo, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball and Weightlifting.
The sport structure is such that these Federations are organized into Associations, Leagues and Clubs through the six provinces and 2 municipalities depending on their human, financial and physical resources.
The National Sports Federations are autonomous bodies that operate under the umbrella of their own Constitutions and that of their regional and international Federations in close relationship with VASANOC in the organisation of their activities.
VASANOC is answerable to these NSFs and to ONOC and IOC by providing Annual and Audit Reports to these bodies annually after its AGMs.
VASANOC receives no funding from the Government for its daily activities but does request Government assistance for Team Vanuatu to the Olympics, Commonwealth and Pacific Games.
From 2003 to 2006, VASANOC underwent a review of it's Constitution and now has a new Constitution that makes it obligatory for National Federations to provide more information to become a VASANOC Member instead of just paying of subscription fees and providing annual reports. One main feature of the membership requirements is the provision of evidence that each Federation is a properly established legal body and also the provision of Audited Reports and Development & Strategic Plans. Since then, VASANOC has amended its Constitution again in 2011 and will have another Constitution early in 2017.
VASANOC was instrumental in winning the Vanuatu bid to host the 1993 South Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila and played a major role in the organization of these very successful Games.
VASANOC has been involved in many sports development programs in Vanuatu since its inception. It maintains close liaison with the Government's Department of Youth and Sport and all National Federations in pursuing its activities, which have included, but not limited to:
• Organization of Olympic Solidarity training courses;
• Provision of scholarships to promising young athletes and Coaches through the Oceania Olympic Training Centre (OOTC)Programme under the ASP2000 Program;
• Training attachments in Australia, New Zealand or in regional neighbors funded through VASANOC and sponsors;
• Training programmes for management, sports executives, coaches, sports development officers through the Olympic Solidarity;
• Introduction of Junior Sports among primary schools. This programme is known locally as "Pikinini Pleiplei";
• Assistance to National Federations in the organization of their national competitions, either in the area of equipment or provision of technical expertise;
• Provision of organizational and technical assistance for the National Games (formerly, the Provincial and Inter-District Games), held every three years in different provinces. The next Games will be held in Luganville in 2016;
• Planning, organizing and managing Vanuatu's participation (Team Vanuatu) in multi-sport events, namely;
- Pacific Games and Pacific Mini- Games since 1987;
- Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games since 1982;
- Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games since 1987;;
• Participation of Vanuatu in 2000 Paralympic Games;
- Acceptance of the WADA Code in 2004;
• Establishment of Interim Women In Sports Commission in 2005 and a proper one in August 2009;
• Reception of a 9-seater Vito model bus from DaimlerChrysler, in 2006;
• Establishment of a Working Group for Sports Medicine Commission in 2007;
Establishment of the Nabanga Sport Program pilots in Tafea and Penama Provinces in 2007;
Established the Drug Free Sport Vanuatu in 2009;
Establishment of Vanuatu Athletes Commission in 2010;
Establishment of Working Group for Sport and Environment Commission in 2010;
WHERE IS VASANOC GOING IN NEXT 4 YEARS?
VASANOC has come a long way in its very short history and established its own headquarters in the year 2000. Sadly the original building was burnt to the ground but thanks to Olympoceania and DaimlerChrysler, a newer and better facility has been constructed on the same site.
VASANOC and the Vanuatu Government successfully submitted the Bid to host the 2017 Pacific Mini-Games and preparations are currently underway to host the event that would be the biggest multi-sport event to be held in Vanuatu.
For this next 4 years (2013 to 2016) VASANOC is focussing on Sport Education and Sport Marketing not only in view of the hosting the 2017 PMG but as a strategic action to keep the legacy of the Sports and opportunities provided by it, alive.
WHO ARE VASANOC PARTNERS?
We remain ever grateful to the following organisations for their support and assistance in past, present and future:
The Government of the Republic of Vanuatu;
International Olympic Committee; Olympic Solidarity;
Oceania National Olympic Committees; Oceania Foundation; Commonwealth Games Federation; Australian Sports Commission; Pacific Games Council; The Oceania NOCs, CGAs and PGAs Sports Federations; Organizing Committees of Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games; Organizing Committees of Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games; And National Federations of Vanuatu and Sponsors and Partners;