The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa set up several commissions this year. They are busy beehives that focus on technical aspects of the implementation of ANOCA’s strategy, its operation and the development of sports activities in Africa.
The Athletes’ Commission chaired by El Hadj Amadou Dia Ba has the duty of planning all athletes’ management and development actions. Participation in major or minor sports competitions, career management, and follow-up during retirement are among the policies proposed by this commission.
Matlohang Moila Ramoqopo heads a 9-member commission in charge of gender equality. This commission met on 8 July 2020, as part of its missions, validated its mandate and recognised the ANOCA constitution before considering women’s representation, which it deemed inequitable. It thus proposed to the ANOCA President that women be included in other commissions. The issue will feature in the ANOCA gender equality plan.
The Medical and Anti-Doping Commission chaired by Dr Patrick Coker is committed to the fight against doping and it met by videoconference on 2 July 2020. The aim was to energize the commission, which also deals with sports medicine.
The marketing and communication component will be overseen by a commission led by Kamal Lahlou and whose mission is to enhance the institutional image of ANOCA.
Alongside these commissions, there is the support programme for athletes who will participate in the Tokyo Olympic Games postponed to 2021. It is headed by Seydina Omar Diagne and its objective is to propose strategies for the care of African athletes who will take part in this world sport jamboree.
Dr. Sam Ramsamy is the boss of the Ethics Commission, Leon Louis Foluet heads the Finance Commission, Bar Sani Hussaini Gabras the Laws Commission; Culture and Education are under the Commission chaired by Gilbert Gresenguet and International Relations by Habib Sissoko, while Gideon SAM and the members of his Commission are tasked with shaping sustainability policies.
These ANOCA commissions guarantee effective action and efficient functioning.