The Assistant Secretary General of the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) Fred J.A. Pratt is in Lesotho, participating in the 32nd Seminar of Secretaries General of the African National Olympic Committee Association (ANOCA) at AVANI Lesotho.
Pratt departed the country Saturday and would attend the summit as an acting Secretary General, instead of Secretary General Joseph Willie, who is incapacitated.
The program began last Friday and on Saturday with the accreditation of the delegates and formal program kickoff on Monday with the opening remarks by the President of Lesotho National Olympic Committee (LNOC), Mrs. ’Matlohang Ramoqopo Moiloa.
According to the program’s website, in her remarks, Madame Moila said they were proud and privileged to host the ANOCA Secretaries General seminar for the first time and she is already to make a tentative bid to host the ANOCA General Assembly in the country.
At least two languages are being used in this seminar and the minister made his greetings in a few different African languages. The Minister of Gender and Sports, Mathibeli Mokhothu officially declared the seminar open, after which there was also hand over of gifts to the Minister and President of LNOC just after their remarks, by the president of ANOCA and the fifty African countries represented.
The United States is also represented and handed over laptops to the president of ANOCA and to the LNOC Chief Executive Officer Mr. Morake Raleaka and to each Olympic Committee member courtesy of the sponsorship by U.S. Olympic Committee Director, Mr. Dragomir Cioroslan.
After the meeting with the Minister Mathibeli Mokhothu at his Offices, the president of ANOCA Intendat General, Lassana Palenfo said, “During the seminar there will be lessons on computers and anti doping and he congratulated the LNOC President
’Matlohang Ramoqopo Moiloa for being the first Olympic Committee Woman President in Africa, and she is now leading the women committee in the sub-committees of the Olympic Committee.
“It is difficult to say which country will host the next Olympics, but South Africa was beaten by Beijing and it is hoped that South Africa will bid again. I would like to advise African countries to join hands and host the Youth Olympic Games. I am talking of Botswana, South Africa and may be Angola. That would boost the morale of Africans to allow the first Olympics in Africa,” said Palenfo.
The President also gave the Minister and His Deputy Minister Olympic manuals at the press conference held at the Ministry’s boardroom.