Oceania National Olympic Committees

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The Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) is one of five Continental Olympic bodies that look after the interests of 17 member nations from the Pacific Region including Australia and New Zealand.

The ONOC Headquarters is based in Guam with the incumbent Secretary General Ricardo Blas. The Office of the ONOC President, Dr. Robin Mitchell and the Technical Secretariat is based at 73 Gordon Street, Suva, Fiji

[edit] History

[edit] 1981

On an initiative from IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch, who was encouraging the establishment of regional zones throughout the world, a meeting was held in Baden-Baden, West Germany on 25 September 1981, on the occasion of the Olympic Congress. The discussion on procedures for establishing the “National Olympic Committees of Oceania”, to promote the development of Olympism in the area and the coordination and distribution of Olympic Solidarity funds for sports development.

NOCs present at this meeting were Australia (3 Members), Fiji (2), New Zealand (3), Papua New Guinea (2). The meeting appointed the following provisional office bearers to form a Steering Committee:

President: Harold Austad (New Zealand) Secretary General: Julius Patching (Australia) Vice President: Brian Wightman (Fiji) Executive Member: Graeme Norris (Papua New Guinea)

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