ANOCA to support African athletes to win laurels at 2020 Olympics

Author: Beatrice Laryea
Mr Ben Nunoo-Mensah with other leaders during the workshop in Burkina Faso

The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) has initiated a move aimed at supporting African athletes to improve on their medal haul at the next Olympic Games to be staged in Tokyo, Japan.

As part of the programme, ANOCA has organised a workshop for leadership of member countries in Africa Zone Three in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso.

Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) president, Mr Ben Nunoo Mensah represented Ghana at the conference which brought together participants from countries such as Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Nigeria, Niger and Togo.

The theme for the workshop was: “The Road to Tokyo 2020” and it was opened with an address by the President of ANOCA, Mr. Mustapha Berraf who reiterated his outfit’s assurance to provide the requisite support for African countries as they strive to win medals at Tokyo.

Mr Berraf hinted that ANOCA will fund and organise a three-month training camp for all athletes from Africa who will qualify for the Tokyo Games designed to boost their performance at the Games.

He added that ANOCA has voted an amount of $1 million to support as many athletes as possible from the continent to boost their qualification to the global competition and to motivate them to win medals for their respect countries.

Meanwhile, the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach has invited Mr Nunoo-Mensah to visit the IOC headquarters in Switzerland.

While in Switzerland, the two leaders will discuss Olympic Solidarity, Communications, Legal and Constitutional issues

Mr Nunoo-Mensah will be accompanied by the General Secretary of the GOC, Richard Akpokavie and another member of the executive board of the GOC.