Lausanne; 18 May 2020: The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee (KSOC) today announced the joint-decision to cancel this year’s ANOC General Assembly in Seoul, Korea and reschedule it to take place in Seoul in 2021.
ANOC and KSOC mutually-agreed that given the current global pandemic and wide-spread restrictions on international travel, it was in the best interests of the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and all Olympic stakeholders to cancel this year’s ANOC General Assembly. ANOC and KSOC will announce the dates for the rescheduled General Assembly after further review.
ANOC is currently assessing alternative options for ensuring NOCs are provided with the opportunities to express their ideas and opinions and receive all the necessary reports and updates they would have been presented at this year’s General Assembly.
Acting ANOC President Robin Mitchell said:
“We are of course disappointed that we will not be hosting our General Assembly this year, but we believe that given the current global circumstances, it is the right decision to take. We would like to thank our partners at the KSOC for all their hard work and for the flexibility they have shown. We will continue to work closely with the KSOC and look forward to welcoming the world’s NOCs to Seoul in 2021.”
KSOC President Kee Heung LEE said:
“Considering the health and safety of the global sports delegates, we took the joint-decision to postpone the ANOC General Assembly to 2021. It will be a great pleasure to host the ANOC General Assembly in Seoul in 2021. We believe that the current situation should not stop or hinder the Olympic Movement. We will do our best to prepare for a safe and successful event for the 206 NOCs to discuss the future of sports.”