The Association of African National Olympic Academies (AANOA) has launched the project of the African Center for Olympic Studies (ACOS), in accordance with the decision of the AANOA General Evaluative Assembly held in Bamako, Mali, from 23 to 26 March 2016, under the presidency of the General Intendant Lassana Palenfo, President of ANOCA and under the gracious attention of Mr. Ibrahim Boubakar Keita, President of the Republic of Mali.
Following Cameroon’s unique bid to host the center, a delegation composed of AANOA President Dr. Ridha LAYOUNI and Vice-Presidents MM. James Mukura Chacha and Clément Anicet Guiyama Massogo, traveled to Yaoundé from 18 to 22 January 2017 to finalize the process of installing the CAEO in Yaoundé.
On the first day of this mission, the delegation of AANOA visited the headquarters of the National Olympic and Sports Committee of Cameroon (CNOSC), during which it was received by its President Mr. Hamad Malboum Kalkaba and Mr. Jean Tabi Manga, Director General of NOAC. A meeting with the Directing Board of the CNOSC and NOAC officials was held to present the activities of the committee and the Academy and the assets that Cameroon has to house the CAEO.
On the same day, the AANOA delegation was received in audience by:
His Excellency Philemon Yang, Prime Minister, Head of Government of Cameroon,
Mr. Jacques Fame Nddongo, Minister of Higher Education,
The Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in place of the Minister Mr. Lejeune Mbella Mbella, convened by the President of the Republic.
Following the discussions with the senior officials of the State mentioned above, which enabled
The delegation of AANOA to take note of the possibilities offered by the Cameroonian State and of the potential of Cameroon for the installation and the good functioning of the ACOS, the president of the AANOA informed the head of the government of the decision To allocate to Cameroon the reception and management of the African Center for Olympic Studies.
On January 21, 2017, the delegation participated in an extended evaluation session of the National Olympic Academy of Cameroon (ANOC), presided over by Sultan Ibrahim Mbombo Njoya, who made it possible to read the activities of the Academy and the draft statutes of the ACOS as conceived by the Cameroonian side and which will be studied and adopted by the Board of Directors and the General Assembly of AANOA at the Tunis meetings in March 2017.
Subsequently, the President of AANOA and the President of the CNOSC signed the “Headquarters Agreement” whereby the two parties undertake to carry out as soon as possible the installation of the ACOS in Cameroon and the start of Its functioning by finalizing procedures relating to the legal basis and material aspects of the Center. President Kalkaba further pledged to obtain the necessary funds to start and operate the Center.
AANOA and CNOSC agreed that the effective start of the operation of the ACOS will take place no later than March 2018 and will be formalized by a ceremony to which will be invited the Cameroonian authorities, presidents and members of ANOCA’s Managing Offices , AANOA, CNOSC and ANOC, as well as the heads of international Olympic bodies.
In order to guarantee the wide participation of the National Olympic Academies of Africa in these festivities, President LAYOUNI suggested to CNOSC to host at the same time (March 2018) and to take charge of the 4th Session of the African NOAs . This proposal was approved by President Kalkaba.
In order to expedite the installation of the ACOS, in response to the request of the President of AANOA and following the intervention of the President of the CNOSC, Cameroonian authorities proposed the granting of the former headquarters of the Superior Council of Sport in Africa (SCSA) at the African Center for Olympic Studies, knowing that the CNOSC is considering the construction of a specific headquarter of the CAEO on a recently acquired ground.
The AANOA delegation and representatives of NOAC visited the proposed site in the presence of the representative of the Ministry of State Domains and noted that it meets the expectations of the Association and agrees as the Headquarter of the ACOS.
It is important to underline the very good organization that characterized all the stages of this very fruitful working visit, which resulted in concrete results and to highlight the availability and warm welcome of CNOSC and NOAC led by President Hamad Malboum Kalkaba and the attention and respect which the delegation has received from the Cameroonian authorities, including his Excellency Philemon Yang, Prime Minister, Head of Government of Cameroon.