Mitchell appointed to top ANOC role

Dr Robin Mitchell, President of ONOC, IOC member of Fiji was elected as the Senior Vice President and acting President of ANOC unopposed.

THE Senior Vice President of the Association of National Olympics Committee (ANOC) Dr Robin Mitchell has created history by becoming the first Fijian to be appointed as the Acting President of ANOC at the XXIII ANOC General Assembly held in Tokyo, Japan last week.

“It is a remarkable achievement for Fiji and the Oceania.” said the president of the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) Joe Rodan Senior.

Mitchell takes was voted unopposed to the position as the current ANOC president Sheik Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah requested a deferment as to tend to some personal issues. “To have one of our very own, hold such an esteemed position is likened to winning an Olympic gold medal itself.”

Dr Mitchell will hold the position for one year depending on the return of Al-Sabah.

“If the president returns or not depending, then a special AGM will be called to vote for on the position of the next president of ANOC.”

Meanwhile, former British 110m hurdles record holder Jon Ridgeon has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the International Association of Athletics Federation on the first day of the 215th Council meeting in Monaco.

Ridgeon 51 has been a stalwart figure in British athletics and dedicated his life to the successfully lifting the standard and organizing British athletics to what it is today.

“Having spent my life in sport, this is a dream job for me and I am absolutely thrilled.” said Ridgeon.

“Athletics is my passion and I have devoted the vast majority of the last 20 years to creating successful commercial partnerships, developing new events that drive participation at both elite and grassroots levels, as well as leading organisations that deliver significant projects across the globe.”

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