Graham attends secretary generals meeting

The four-day Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC) workshop, which started over the weekend and ended yesterday, had 14 secretary generals and three presidents from 15 Pacific Island countries attending.

Graham who returns home on Friday is expected to present majority of the issues discussed at the meeting to the CISNOC executive board.

The workshop in Guam also gave the participants an update on the upcoming regional and international events.

It was conducted by ONOC secretary general Ricardo Blas and executive director Dennis Miller.

ONOC in a statement said the workshop also included consultant Oceania Rugby Regional training manager and Oceania Sports Education Programme (OSEP) mentor Talemo Waqa, Sainimili Talatoka (OSEP coordinator), Natanya Potoi–Ulia (ORADO executive officer) and Martin Burrows (Oceania Sports Information Center).

Blas said the objective was to get all NOCs on the same page moving forward into the new quadrennial.

He was disappointed that Nauru was not at the workshop.

The Pacific Island NOCs that attended include American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Guam, Kiribati, Marshalls, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Blas said Guam and Cook Islands would be celebrating over 30 years of being in existence and it was important to know the way forward.

“We need to move beyond just development. Look at Fiji (referring to the Olympic gold medal win 2016),” he said in a statement. Recent actions of WADA saw Samoa getting a silver medal. Tonga in 96.”

Blas said the focus was on governance and how NOCs need to line-up with the requirements of the Olympic Charter and their constitutions.

            - Rashneel Kumar/ONOC


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