Fiji today scored another sporting victory with the election of Fijian doctor and ONOC President Robin Mitchell as permanent President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).
The election will be in Seoul for the National Olympic Committees of Oceania (ONOC) as they anticipate the appointment of the head of ANOC.
Dr Mitchell, a former Fiji hockey representative, has held the position since 2018.
The current XXVI (26th) ANOC General Assembly is where the election for the Permanent Presidency will conclude given the Presidential nominations that closed earlier this year which made Dr Mitchell unopposed .
He is the first from Fiji and the region to be elected to this position.
In addition to being a member of the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), a member of the IOC, an interim President of ANOC and among the many officers and members of the IOC Commission, Dr. Mitchell is President of ONOC , the smallest continental association of the IOC by population and number of NOCs.
ONOC reported yesterday that what the Oceania continent lacks in terms of population size and number of NOCs, the continent is arguably the largest in the world given the size of its oceanic home, the Pacific Ocean, and the various challenges it presents to NOCs in Pacific Island countries.
The long-term vision Mitchell set out for Oceania has reaped incremental rewards, but the quiet-spoken doctor still believes there is still more to be done to improve the condition and opportunities for athletes in the islands of the Peaceful.
ONOC said it was ready to celebrate this fine achievement by a son of the Pacific.