Manuel Silvério meets Jacques Rogge IOC has the “doors opened” to ACOLOP 2007-06-12 18:35  MAIGOC


  “Thereis no doubt that the Association of the Portuguese Speaking Olympic Committees(ACOLOP) has the full support of the International Olympic Committees (IOC), andthe doors of IOC are always opened to ACOLOP,” remarked IOC President JacquesRogge in a meeting with ACOLOP President Manuel Silvério at the IOCheadquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland on Monday. ManuelSilvério introduced the projects of ACOLOP to Rogge, who extended his congratulationsfor the success in the organization of the 1st Lusofonia Games. TheIOC President said that he has heard very positive comments on the organizationof the multisports event held in Macau last October.

  “It wasa very positive meeting, and a very significant one for ACOLOP, which is experiencinggreat developments and gaining international recognition. ACOLOP is anorganization established under the Olympic Charter and congregates various OlympicCommittees.Therefore, the fostering of theirrelationships with the IOC is determinant for us,” Manuel Silvério said.“Jacques Rogge demonstrated profound interests in the work that ACOLOP hasbeing doing, thus building the basis for a closer relationship in the future.”

  Amongst thesubjects Silvério and Rogge discussed was the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The IOCPresident considered that the inclusion of Macao in the 2008 Olympics torch relay is an“important milestone”. As the 1st vice-president of the MacauOlympic Committee, Manuel Silvério thanked Rogge for the support given byIOC.

  Projectsdesignated for young athletes were another topic of discussion in the meeting. ManuelSilvério explained that the Association of the Portuguese Speaking OlympicCommittees intends to develop special activities for the youth, helping membersof ACOLOP to create better conditions in Sports. As the President of ACOLOP, heconsiders that Portugal is an excellent candidate to host the Youth OlympicGames, a new idea of IOC which was approved last April and will be furtherdiscussed in its Executive Board meeting this coming July, in the city of Guatemala.“As one of the earliest founded Olympic committees, the Portuguese OlympicCommittee has a great tradition. In the last few years, Portugal hasaccumulated plenty of experience in the organization of multisports events ofdifferent scales, which provided it with an excellent profile of a candidatewith the full support of ACOLOP,” he underlined. Jacques Rogge replied thatPortugal has already proved its capability through the organization of sportsevents, given examples such as ‘Euro 2004’ and ‘Gymnastrada,’ and other eventsof similar scales.

  Alsopresent in the meeting is IOC Director of Olympic Solidarity and NOC RelationsDepartment, Pere Miro.Manuel Silvério furtherexplained that, after his visit to Mozambique last April, theAssociation is developing ways of supporting the OlympAfrica centre in Boane.The IOC President demonstrated satisfactions with ACOLOP’s commitment in aproject with a strong humanitarian component, in which the IOC has a main role,together with the Mozambique Olympic Committee. The OlympAfrica centre is aproject developed to support children and teenagers with social and financialproblems, providing education and sports training to more then 1,000 students inthe village of Boane.

  Inaddition, Manuel Silvério told Jacques Rogge that ACOLOP is in preparations forthe candidature of membership to the General Association of the InternationalSports Federation (GAISF).The GAISF isan organization that gathers international sports federations and alsoimportant associations in the international Sports circle. The candidature waswelcomed by the the International Olympic Committee President.