Run-up to XVII Summer Asian Games talked over in Switzerland
The meeting was held as part of the regular meeting of the IOC Executive Committee, which began in Lausanne yesterday and will continue until July 20th.
The bilateral meeting of the President of the National Olympic Committee of Kazakhstan Timur Kulibayev and the president of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah was held in the Olympic capital of Lausanne, Switzerland, BNews.kz reports citing the press service of the NOC.
The focus of the talks was preparation to the XVIII Summer Asian Games which will start in a month in Indonesia.
The head of the National Olympic Committee Timur Kulibayev expressed gratitude for the support of the initiatives of the NOC of Kazakhstan, aimed at preparing for the forthcoming complex competitions. During the conversation it was noted that the national team of Kazakhstan has traditionally been one of the most representatives on the continental Games, invariably demonstrating a high level of competition in the sports arenas. This year 416 Kazakhstan athletes are expected to participate in 25 Olympic sports.
Being the OCA vice-president since 2015, Kulibayev noted the growing role of the organization in strengthening the Asian region in the international sports arena. In turn, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah congratulated Kazakhstan on the successful organization of many international sports events, appreciating the contribution of the head of the NOC of Kazakhstan in the development of the countries of the Central Asian zone of the OCA. According to the head of the NOC, strengthening cooperation in the region is one of the priority areas of the international activity of the NOC of Kazakhstan, which in the first half of 2018 already held a number of joint meetings and seminars with other NOCs.
Besides, during the visit, the president of Kazakhstan's NOC also shared positive changes in the activities of the national Olympic department in connection with the new law "On Physical Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan" and further plans for the organization to develop the Olympic movement in the country. ANOC President of supported Timur Kulibayev's initiative to strengthen the role of national federations, stressing the importance of their involvement in the development of the sport. According to Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, this experience will be of key interest to other NOCs.
The upcoming Asian Games will be held from August 18 to September 2 in the cities of Jakarta and Palembang, bringing together more than 10,000 athletes from 45 countries in 40 Olympic and non-Olympic sports.