The Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) expresses its full and unconditional support to the actions undertaken by Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).
PASO is aware of the United Nations’ position regarding autonomy in sport, which provides “it is compatible with the independence and autonomy of sport, as well as with the IOC’s mission in the direction of the Olympic Movement”.
The United Nations’ resolution recognizes sport as a means to promote education, health, development and peace and highlights as well the International Olympic Committee’s and the Olympic Movement’s role towards the achievement of these objectives.
PASO has witnessed Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah’s actions as a great defender of the autonomy of National Olympic Committees (NOCs) worldwide, supporting and strengthening each of the NOCs’ independence, reinforcing their structures and turning ANOC into a fundamental pillar of the International Olympic Movement.
PASO recognizes the hard work and commitment of Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah towards the International Olympic Movement, always standing out in his efforts to benefit young athletes worldwide. Therefore, in an act of absolute liberty of expression and solidarity, PASO reiterates its full support and confidence on the President of ANOC.