Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee secretary-general Owen Lewis during a presentation in Guam. PHOTO: ONOC/22030925
Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) is one of the seven Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) attending this week’s Secretary General Quadrennial Workshop in person.
The workshop, a quadrennial meet that kickstarts the beginning of the Olympic programme every four years – is one with a focus on good governance and is being held in Guam.
CISNOC is led by secretary
general Owen Lewis and three other members.
Lewis said: “The Secretary
General Quadrennial workshop started on Monday. For the first time ONOC invited
and funded our Finance, Education and Sports managers. The workshop focuses on
setting targets for our operations and sport leading up to Paris 2024. It has
been a great chance to learn and hear from all our fellow NOC’s in the region.”
“All 17 NOC’s in Oceania have
been participating either virtually or in person. As you are aware, we do
receive some funding from the Olympic movement and this workshop has enabled us
to understand more fully the expectations and accountability measures that both
ONOC and the Olympic Solidarity need.
“It has also been a chance to
look at best practice in the region. We were asked to make two presentations
about our practice and this was well received by the regional representatives.”
According to the Oceania
National Olympic Committees, the purpose of the ONOC Secretaries General
Workshop, which is scheduled to conclude on Friday (March 11), is to create
approaches on the delivery of sport funding and programmes for all athletes in
the Pacific Islands.
In addition, the workshop will
be followed by an overnight trip to the Northern Marianas to visit the venues
and meet the Organising Committee of the 2022 Pacific Mini Games in Saipan in
the Northern Mariana Islands and scheduled to begin on June 17.
Lewis said: “We will have the
opportunity to visit Saipan tomorrow (today) and view the plans and venues for
the upcoming Pacific Mini-Games which is an added bonus. We are certainly
looking forward to discussion with the Saipan organising Committee.”
Ricardo Blas, secretary
general of the Oceania National Olympic Committees, said: “Despite previously
being held at least once every four years, the last ONOC Secretaries-General
Workshop was held on Guam in 2017 and since then has been delayed by a year
because of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
“My challenge was to work
under protocols and whether I would get the acceptable number of close to half
of our members to the table in person, and we deliver a hybrid workshop,” Blas
“We are behind by two-and-a-half years already and I’m taking into consideration even before the Tokyo Games, NOC's who struggle to make use of the funds available.”
Taking these experiences, Blas
said the ONOC team decided to design this Workshop to enable the joint planning
of the delivery of the Olympic Solidarity Programme, “so we’ll look at sharing
of learnings through NOC case studies to enable exchange”.
“I am confident we will
succeed because the key support team in any NOC to support the secretary
general in the delivery of programmes will all be here on Guam with other
members joining online, and we will work out solutions to improve from our