The President of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Marco Scolaris attended the XXVI General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), the largest global meeting in sport outside of the Olympic Games, last week in Seoul, South Korea.

Held from 18 to 21 October 2022, representatives from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the world’s National Olympic Committees (NOCs), Organising Committees for the Olympic Games (OCOGs), and International Federations got together to cover a wide range of reports following a keynote speech on the ‘State of the Olympic Movement' delivered by IOC President Thomas Bach.

Covering topics from sustainability to finance and with event reports from different OCOGs, attendees also heard from external bodies such as the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Court of Arbitration for Sport during the four-day gathering.

Dr Robin Mitchell of Fiji was also elected unopposed as President of the ANOC for the 2022-2026 quadrennial during the wide ranging Assembly. Mitchell had been serving as Acting President for four years.

In one of the first global gatherings for the Olympic family since the COVID-19 pandemic, there was also the ANOC Awards on the evening of 19 October providing an opportunity to celebrate the athletes and NOCs of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.

Representatives from Russia and Belarus were in attendance following invitation to the event as President Bach stated: "This war has not been started by the Russian people, the Russian athletes, the Russian Olympic Committee or the IOC members in Russia," he told delegates.

"Sanctions can and should only be imposed on those who are responsible for something."

During the Assembly, the IFSC President took the opportunity to meet with the IOC and the Iranian National Olympic Committee in relation to the Iranian athlete Elnaz Rekabi and her safe return home to Tehran, Iran.

Following the Assembly, Mr Scolaris will travel to Morioka, Japan, to attend the final IFSC World Cup event of the 2022 season.

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