Chinese Olympic Committee

The Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) is a non-governmental, non-profit national sports organization of a mass character, with the objective of developing sports and promoting the Olympic Movement in the country. It represents China in handling international affairs related to the Olympic Movement. It is the sole representative of the whole country's Olympic Movement in its relations with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and other international sports organizations, as well as all National Olympic Committees (NOCs).

The first Chinese sports organization was founded as early as October 1910, and recognized by the IOC in 1922. In May 1954, not long after the founding of the People's Republic of China, the IOC recognized the All-China Sports Federation (Chinese Olympic Committee) at the 49th IOC Session held in Athens. In 1956, however, the IOC allowed the Taiwan authorities to send a team to the 16th Olympic Games. The All-China Sports Federation protested against the "two Chinas" plot fabricated by the IOC leader. In August 1958, the COC severed all its relations with the IOC. It was not until November 26, 1979 that, with a resolution adopted by all IOC members, the COC's legal status was reinstated in the IOC, while the Olympic Committee in Taipei was allowed to remain in the IOC under the name of "the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee."

TASKS AND FUNCTIONS

Giving publicity to the basic principles of the Olympicism and ensuring the observation of the Olympic Charter in China;
Promoting Olympic sports and sport for all among the Chinese people and encouraging women to take part in sports activities;
Organizing Chinese sports delegations for participating in the Olympic, continental, international and other world games and providing necessary funds and equipment for these delegations;
Assisting other national sports organizations in staging national meets and competitions;
Fighting against any form of discrimination and violence in sports and strictly prohibiting the use of any substances banned by the International Olympic Committee or International Sports Federations.
Choosing host cities appropriate for the Olympic, Asian and East Asian Games and other comprehensive international sports events to be held in China.

COC LEADERS

PRESIDENT: Gou Zhongwen

HONORARY PRESIDENTS: Liu Peng

VICE PRESIDENTS: Yang Shu'an, Zhao Yong, Cai Zhenhua, Gao Zhidan, Li Yingchuan, Duan Shijie, Yu Zaiqing, Feng Jianzhong, Li Lingwei

SECRETARY GENERAL: Song Luzeng

COC Presidents

  • Gou Zhongwen
    (2016-    )
  • Liu Peng
    (2005-2016)
  • Yuan Weimin
    (2000-2005)
  • Wu Shaozu (1995-1999)
  • He Zhenliang (1989-1994)
  • Li Menghua
    (1986-1988)
  • Zhong Shitong (1979-1985)
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