Doha, November 17, 2016 - Two-day long 21st session of the ANOC’s (Association of National Olympic Committees) General Assembly, held in Doha, capital of Qatar, ended on November 16, 2016. Among 1,200 participants, there were also the President and the Secretary General of the Croatian Olympic Committee (HOO), Zlatko Mateša and Josip Čop, and winner of Olympic medals, the taekwondoist Lucija Zaninović.

ANOC traditionally invites one female representative from each continent to its General Assembly’s session with the goal to promote the contribution of women in leadership positions within the Olympic Movement. In this case, Lucija was invited by the heads of the European Olympic Committees.

President of the Croatian Olympic Committee, recently appointed to ANOC representative in the highest governing body of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), participated – prior to the commencement of the General Assembly’s session - in the work of ANOC International Relations Commission.

Budapest, Los Angeles and Paris were given the opportunity to present their candidature to host the Olympic Games in 2024, and the organizers of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and the Olympic Games in Tokyo, as well as the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in 2018 reported on the progress in preparations.

Among other topics on the agenda, we must stress the speech of President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach, who said that in today's fragile world sports has become a factor of stability in which people have confidence and the review of WADA’s President Craig Reedie on the current issue of doping. It is interesting that a few days ago, WADA suspended the anti-doping laboratory in Doha for four months, because it doesn’t meet the international standards.

ANOC will held its next General Assembly session in October 2017 in Prague, while in 2018 the hosting city will be Tokyo. (coc/msč)