From September 23th to October 1st, President Azéma will be in Da Nang (Vietnam) for the fifth edition of the Asian Beach Games where Petanque - one of the 21 selected sports - includes 9 events: triples, doubles, single and shooting, men and women, and mixed doubles.
Ahead he was invited to attend the meeting of the OCA Executive Committee - the organization of the Asian Olympic committees with 45 members - on 24th in the morning, and in the General Assembly of this organization on 25th.
Thanks to the intervention of Mr. Jaruk Areerajakarun, Thai vice president of this organization, he had a short meeting on Sunday morning, with Sheikh Ahmad Al Sabah, President of OCA and also of ANOC - Association of all the Olympic committees of the world - with which he notably spoke about the entry of Petanque inside the Asian Games (2018 Indonesia) - file that has lagged far behind - the candidacy of Boules Sport for the Olympic Games, and the creation of the World Beach Games whose first edition will take place in San Diego, USA in 2019. (Photo)
He also had discussions with General Yuthasak Sasiprapha, Thailandese NOC President, and with Ms. Kongkant, Thailand's Minister of Sport who will support this request and that of Muay Thai near the Indonesian organizing committee. He also met the Vice President of this committee, former IOC member, Rita Subowo, with which appointments will be made during the next Tafisa Games in Palembang and Jakarta, on which the President will be from October 6th to 12th.
During this General Assembly he has yet contacted Jacqueline Yi-Ting Shen, secretary general of the NOC of Taiwan with which he had attended a dinner during his stay in Taipei at the beginning of September and its President, M. Dwo Hong Lin. He had also the possibility to exchange some words with the IOC President, Thomas Bach, during the coffee break. (Photo)
Finally he made the acquaintance of another IOC member, recently elected in respect of the Athlets's Commission, the Korean Seug Ruy-Min, a former World Table Tennis Championship. (Photo)