The National Olympic Committee of Cambodia announced the unanimous adoption of a charter in which all the salient statutory features of the Olympic Charter are ingrained during the Extraordinary General Assembly yesterday at Naga World Hotel and Casino.
The new charter will replace the ad hoc administrative guidelines currently in force after a formal approval from the International Olympic Committee, strengthening the NOCC’s standing in the Olympic Movement.
NOCC President Thong Khon, who chaired yesterday’s annual gathering which was attended by representatives from all the 33 affiliated local sports federations, described the unwavering support for the new charter as a victory for change.
“We have to diligently follow the Charter once it is approved by the IOC and work towards the common goal of propagating Olympism in its true spirit,” he said.
NOCC Secretary General Vath Chamroeun presented a comprehensive insight into the various aspects of the new constitution, saying significant work had to be done to protect Olympic property and promote the Olympic philosophy.
The morning session of the day-long deliberations was highlighted by presentations from the Football Federation of Cambodia and the Tennis Federation of Cambodia.
In his address, FFC General Secretary Ouk Sethycheat traced football’s steady climb in the Kingdom with an emphasis on all round development.
TFC Secretary General Tep Rithivit put down the administrative success of tennis to integrity, drive and selfless teamwork.
NOCC advisor Ken Gadaffi made a wide ranging presentation dealing with such important issues as autonomy and good governance in the Olympic Movement, while devoting another section to sports arbitration.
During the afternoon session, the General Assembly also analysed the financial report for 2010, as well as approving NOCC’s strategic plans and activities for this year. Thong Khon announced the appointment of Samedy Siwatana as an NOCC advisor.
Framed letters of appreciation were presented to representatives from both the Khmer and English editions of the Phnom Penh Post for its unparalleled sports coverage, and also to Bayon TV for its contribution to sports broadcasting. The Assembly also named former NOCC President Mey Samedy as Honorary Life President.
The newly instituted IOC Trophy for outstanding contribution by an individual in the field of sports went to FFC President Sao Sokha, collected on his behalf by Ouk Setheycheat.