Foto: Estudio Revolución
His Highness Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Sabah, president of the Association of National Olympic Committees, arrived in Havana midday May 8, and was received at the José Martí International Airport by José Ramón Fernández, president of Cuba’s Olympic Committee, and Dr. Antonio Becali Garrido, head of the Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation.
The NOCs promote the fundamental principles of Olympism at a national level within the framework of sports. NOCs are committed to the development of athletes and support the development of sport for all programmes and high performance sport in their countries. They also participate in the training of sports administrators by organising educational programmes.
Another objective of the National Olympic Committees is to ensure that athletes from their respective nations attend the Olympic Games. Only an NOC is able to select and send teams and competitors for participation in the Olympic Games.
National Olympic Committees also supervise the preliminary selection of potential bid cities. Before a candidate city can compete against those in other countries, it first must win the selection process by the NOC in its own country. The National Olympic Committee can then name that city to the IOC as a candidate to host the Olympic Games.
There are currently 206 National Olympic Committees over five continents.