VIPs arriving for OCA confab
By: Nick Giongco (Manila Bulletin)

With bigwigs not only from the 45-nation Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) but from the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) in attendance as well, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) yesterday boasted that the two-day conclave this weekend should prove that the country is an active player in the region.

“Yes, the OCA executive meeting and 32nd General Assembly should give the Philippines a bright image,” said POC first vice-president Joey Romasanta.

The Philippines is putting all the stops in making sure the delegates will experience the country’s hospitality with the POC rolling the carpet to welcome OCA president Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah of Kuwait and members of the 16 OCA committees set to gather beginning this Friday at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza.

The General Assembly will follow the next day at the Philippine International Convention Center where a press conference will be staged at 5:30 p.m.

This event was supposed to take place last year in Boracay but it was shelved due to the devastation wrought by super typhoon Haiyan.

POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. is leading the welcoming party with her daughter Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, the recently-elected International Olympic Committee representative, at his side.

Romasanta said updates on Asia’s major events that will take place between 2014 and 2017 will likewise be discussed.

The 17th Asian Games will be held from Sept. 19 to Oct. 4 in Incheon, South Korea, while the fourth Asian Beach Games will take the spotlight from Nov. 14 to 23 in Phuket, Thailand.

Other events lined up are the fifth Asian Beach Games in Nha Trang, Vietnam in 2016, eight Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan, in 2017, fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan in 2017, the third Asian Youth Games in Hambantota, Sri Lanka also in 2017, 18th Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2019 and the fourth Asian Youth Games in Surabaya, Indonesia in 2021.