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Sunday, November 25, 2018
BOA President & General Secretary Heading to Tokyo

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Delegates including Bermuda Olympic Association President Judy Simons and Secretary General Stanley Douglas are beginning to arrive here for an Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly which is set to be overshadowed by allegations of forgery against current President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.

Sheikh Ahmad is due to be re-elected as the head of the umbrella organization during the gathering of the 206 National Olympic Committees in Tokyo Wednesday November 28th and Thursday 29th.

It comes despite the emergence of fresh allegations of wrongdoing against the key Olympic powerbroker, who denies the charges, on the eve of the meeting.

Sheikh Ahmad has stepped aside as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and as head of the Olympic Solidarity Commission pending the outcome of an Ethics Commission hearing into the accusations.

Swiss newspaper Le Temps claimed prosecutor Stéphane Grodecki has accused Sheikh Ahmad and other defendants of creating fake videos as part of a plot against two Kuwaiti Government officials.

Sheikh Ahmad also denied wrongdoing last year when he was identified in a United States Department of Justice document in April in a case involving Guam's Richard Lai.

Lai pleaded guilty to charges of receiving nearly $1 million in bribes connected to FIFA.

Sheikh Ahmad stepped down from his Footballing roles, including as a member of FIFA's ruling Council, as a result.

At last year's ANOC General Assembly he received a round of applause from delegates in Prague after being "cleared" of wrongdoing following the accusations.

This year's edition of the annual General Assembly is expected to be the biggest as more than 1,400 delegates are scheduled to attend.

Other elections are also on the agenda, including for ANOC senior vice-president, a position set to be claimed by Fiji's IOC Executive Board member Robin Mitchell.

Mitchell will replace Uruguayan Julio Maglione in the post should, as expected, his election to the position is confirmed at the General Assembly.

The two candidates in the race for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games - a joint bid from Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo in Italy and Sweden's capital Stockholm - will give their first official presentations to the Olympic Movement during the General Assembly.

ANOC will also establish an Ethics Commission, comprised of seven members.

This will include five independent members - one from each of the Olympic continents that have legal training and experience in arbitration - as well as one athlete representative and one representative from the ANOC Executive Council.
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