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ANOCA Newsletter - Special Message

To celebrate the 3rd International Day of Sport on 6 April 2016, ANOCA President, Intendant
General Lassana Palenfo, addressed a special message to all stakeholders of the African
Olympic Movement. The full text!


ear friends of the great African Olympic and Sports family,
The International Day of Sport, dubbed «International Day of Sport for Development and
Peace,» proclaimed by the U.N. on 23 August 2013, at the initiative of the International Olympic
Committee, will be celebrated for the 3rd time consecutively on 6 April 2016. Africa shall thus, on that
occasion, join the rest of the world to recognise the role of sport in fostering development and peace
within communities.

ANOCA, the supreme governing body of the African Olympic Movement, is fully involved in
the event since sport, which is a major lever of its action, is also considered as a potent development
tool and a vector of Olympic values. It inspires self confidence, promotes youth development and
good health, and is a powerful unification factor in conflict resolution and the consolidation of peace.
This year, the Day will be celebrated against a backdrop of resurgent tensions that impede Africa’s
economic, social and cultural development. Consequently, it will once more afford Africa an ideal
opportunity to recognise the impact of sport on sustainable development and peace building and
also demonstrate that sport fosters personal development and plays a decisive role in eliminating all
forms barriers. Our institution also wishes, by celebrating this day, to acknowledge athletes, technical

ANOCA Newsletter - Special Message

instructors, administrative leaders and volunteers who work, individually and collectively, in bringing
together people, who at times are in conflict, and this in usually difficult conditions.

6 April 2016 will moreover present an opportunity to highlight the contribution of sport to Africa’s
emergence. Placed at the service of education, development and peace, sport fosters cooperation,
solidarity, tolerance, understanding, social integration and health at national and continental
levels. As the governing body of the African Olympic Movement, ANOCA naturally associates with
this initiative and wishes to laud the positive influence of sport on human development and peace:
it inspires individuals, builds bridges, changes lives. Our institution has always rallied, be it by its
outreach activities in refugee settlements, or in fighting against hunger, the Ebola epidemic and HIV
AIDS, and mostly through the Olympafrica Programme, to bring joy to several youths and at times
even adults in need.

On this day, I urge all stakeholders of the African Olympic and Sport Movement as well as State
leaders to celebrate the values of sport and bear in mind that it should increasingly be considered in
public development policies and post conflict management, so as to create conditions necessary for
sustainable peace.

Yours in sport,

Intendant General Lassana Palenfo, President of ANOCA

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