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Auckland hosts Commonwealth’s top sporting officials

1 September 2015

Auckland hosts Commonwealth’s top sporting officials

Auckland is hosting about 250 high-level sporting officials this week as the Commonwealth Games Federation holds its annual General Assembly in New Zealand.

The General Assembly is the highest authority of the Commonwealth Sports Movement, attended by officials and elected members of the Commonwealth Games Associations (of which 70 per cent are also Olympic Committees) from 71 nations and territories.

The event is being hosted by the New Zealand Olympic Committee in partnership with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) and Sport New Zealand (Sport NZ).

ATEED Chief Executive, Brett O’Riley, says: “Hosting the 2015 General Assembly is an opportunity to showcase Auckland to a very influential and well-connected international audience and to forge relationships which could benefit Auckland’s sporting, business, events and tourism sectors in the future.”

NZ Olympic Committee CEO Kereyn Smith says “We believe hosting the 2015 General Assembly will provide New Zealand sport, tourism and business with a number of significant opportunities, including future hosting of large sporting events, a major IOC session, opportunities for knowledge-sharing, and providing links to our state-of-the-art sporting sector.”

Brett O’Riley says: “ATEED is putting the spotlight on our high performance training facilities and specialists, such as AUT Millennium. We are also providing information about everything from investment opportunities to tourism recommendations.”

The 2015 General Assembly will discuss and vote on Transformation 2022, the Commonwealth Sports Movement’s seven-year strategic plan; will receive updates from each region; will vote on and announce the hosting rights of the 2022 Commonwealth Games; and will elect representatives for the 2015-19 Executive Board.

The 2015 General Assembly takes place at Auckland’s Pullman Hotel on September 1 and 2.


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