Mustapha Berraf, President of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare at his office on Tuesday in preparation for the visit of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach in November, 2019.
Habu Gumel, President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) and Treasurer of ANOCA while introducing the Berraf to the Honourable Minister, he hinted that the visit is very important to Nigeria primarily because of the IOC’s proposed visit to Nigeria and all that it entails.
While welcoming the ANOCA President, Dare, thanked the NOC for bringing the ANOCA team for this great visit, saying there is no better place for ANOCA Headquarters if not Nigeria having won the bid 10 years ago in a keenly contested election in Kenya.
Dare stated that the IOC Presidents visit will be a big event for us as a nation as over 50 Presidents will part of his protocol. Meaning Nigeria, will be looking forward to hosting a mini olympics before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games and aside that, our focus will be to complete the ANOCA secretariat before the date.
Also, we will build on this visit as the Nigeria Olympic dream is alive and seeks ANOCA’s support to build our capacity, training and other programmes to enhance the development of our youths, the minister concluded.
Mustapha Berraf, in his remarks expressed his delight for the warmth reception he was accorded since his arrival in Nigeria. He stated that the visit of the IOC President in the season of the Tokyo Olympic is an event of world Sports, in relation to the government in the support of the creation of ANOCA and we are happy with your dynamism as this event is supported by the opinion of all.
Speaking further, Berraf said the ANOCA Headquarters in Abuja has numerous advantages in the economic, sports and social life and it has hosted so many visitors and events, thereby Abuja has become the capital of Sports and Olympic in Africa.
As part of the protocol team of the ANOCA President were the Secretary General of ANOCA, Ahmed Hashim, Ahmed Benamar, NOC PRO, Phemmy Adetula, Emmanuel Nweri of NOC amongst others.