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NOCC to protect identity

NOCC to protect identity

VATH Chamroeun, Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC), flew yesterday to the Oman’s capital, Muscat, to attend a seminar on Olympic Solidarity autonomy. The four-day seminar starting today is organised by Olympic Solidarity, a branch of the International Olympic Committee, and is designed to strengthen the Olympic Movement and propagate its free spirit in the face of changing circumstances and renewed challenges. The delegates are also expected to get an overview of Muscat’s preparations for the World Beach Games later this year. The NOCC official also revealed he is scheduled to meet experts from the IOC’s legal cell to discuss “matters pertaining to the use of the Olympic Movement and its logo for commercial purposes believed to be so widespread in Cambodia.” The Olympic Charter demands that prior permission be sought from the IOC to brand products as Olympic or to use the Olympic logo. Recently, the NOCC slammed a Phnom Penh-based drinking-water plant for branding its product as “Olympic.” An unofficial survey last month estimated that several commercial establishments have been marketing so called “Olympic” brands without official sanction. “Once we know what the legal status is from the IOC on this branding issue, we can take it up on a case by case basis here in Cambodia,” declared Vath Chamroeun. “Right now we can only caution them; we cannot take any action.”

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