Former Olympian, Michael Parris, delighted by initiatives adopted
He won a bronze medal at the Moscow Olympics thirty five years ago and his
achievement still stands supreme. It was this distinction that earned Michael Anthony Parris a well deserved trip back to the Soviet Union country to attend the World Olympians Association (WOA) meeting, October 20-22 last.
More than 283 Olympians including IOC President Thomas Bach and WOA Patron HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, came together to debate key issues within the Olympic Movement. Parris joined these dignitaries and reported that discussions were aimed at improving the fortunes of fellow Olympians like himself. He returned to Guyana two days after and spoke with Kaieteur Sport over the past weekend.
Parris confirmed that the forum facilitated Olympians worldwide with an aim to promote the Olympic values while discussing the key issues for Olympians and the Olympic Movement around the globe.
The bronze medalist said that his journey to the Soviet country regurgitated memories of his visit there some thirty five years ago. He said Olympians from all over the world attended the function and his bronze medal achievement was more or less miniaturized by the wide array of medals that were on display. “There were some athletes that sported several gold medals but of note, these individuals are from the developed countries,” Mr. Parris said.
He said that he is optimistic that discussions at the meeting will soon bear fruit and past Olympians will reap the rewards of their input.
Meanwhile, incumbent, President, Joël Bouzou, received a strong vote of confidence when he was reelected to the post unopposed.
Bouzou, a four-time Olympian and bronze medal winner who competed for France in the Modern Pentathlon, was first elected President of the WOA in 2011 for a four-year term. Since then he has overseen the transformation of the entity while helping to develop a new strategic plan and vision to strengthen engagement with the organization’s membership and forge a deeper working relationship with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Speaking just after he retained the position Señor Bouzou said, “I’m excited about the opportunities ahead and will continue to lead our mission to mobilize Olympians everywhere by implementing new programmes and initiatives that foster wellbeing, social cohesion and community engagement as we steer a determined path towards a healthier, wiser, more harmonious world.”
The other executives are Vice Presidents, Alper Kasapoglu (Turkey), El Hadj Amadou Dia Ba (Senegal), Secretary General Anthony Ledgard (Peru) and Treasurer Patrick Singleton (Bermuda). The four new Board Members that were elected from a list of 16 candidates are Nadia Cruz (Angola), Tatiana Lebedeva (Russia), Freida Nicholls (Barbados) and Malav Shroff (India).
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