OCA Regional Forum Brings Together Asian NOCs to Discuss Upcoming Events and Opportunities

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and Olympic Solidarity (OS) recently hosted two successful regional forums, bringing together National Olympic Committees (NOCs) from East, Southeast, and West Asia to discuss the latest developments in the lead-up to the 2024 Paris Olympics and beyond.

The first leg of the OS/OCA Regional Forum was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on June 1-2, followed by the second leg in Bahrain from June 5-6. These forums provided a valuable platform for knowledge sharing and regional cooperation among the NOCs.

In Kuala Lumpur, Olivier Niamkey, Associate Director of Olympic Solidarity, updated the East and Southeast Asian NOCs on key initiatives, including the upcoming Olympic Qualifier Series events in Shanghai and Budapest. He also provided a sneak peek at the Olympic Village and satellite venues for sports like shooting and sailing.

Edward Kensington, the OS Continental Manager for Asia, explained the various subsidy programs available for NOCs before, during, and after the Olympic Games. Meanwhile, Jamyang Namgyal, the Athletes Department Manager, covered competition manipulation prevention and the OCA Athletes Committee's activities, announcing an online meeting on June 10 to elect a Chair and Vice Chair.

The second leg of the forum in Bahrain brought together representatives from 26 NOCs across the region. Faris Mustafa Al Kooheji, the Secretary General of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, welcomed the delegates and expressed his hope that the Bahrain forum would meet the same high standards as the successful event in Kuala Lumpur. They discussed the upcoming 2025 Winter Games in Harbin, China, and received progress reports on the 6th Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games.

During the Bahrain forum, the Deputy Director General of OCA, Mr. Vinod Tiwari, expressed gratitude to the Bahrain Olympic Committee for their exceptional hospitality and thanked the OS and the committees of Harbin and the Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games for their comprehensive reports.

OCA Director General, Dr. Husain Al Musallam, shared his excitement about the upcoming OCA events, including the 6th Indoor Martial Arts Games in Bangkok starting in November and the 9th Asian Winter Games in February 2025. He highlighted how Asia's diversity shines through sport, uniting cultures and fostering health and friendship.

The OS/OCA Regional Forums continue to be a valuable platform for NOCs in Asia, providing opportunities for networking, knowledge sharing, and preparing for upcoming major sporting events. The strong engagement and enthusiasm of the participating NOCs underscores the region's commitment to the Olympic movement and the development of sports across Asia.