Former ISAF Vice President George Andreadis (GRE) has recently been elected as Vice President of the World Olympians Association.
Netherlands Antilles Sailing Federation President Cor van Aanholt was also elected to the Executive Board as representive for sailing.
About the World Olympians Association
The World Olympians Association unites Olympians from around the world regardless of their age, sport, nationality or other definitive measure and involves them in the promotion of the values and virtues that make the Olympic Movement. Our activities include the dissemination of Olympic ideals, the promotion of fair play, advance environmental protection, educate against doping - drug use, supply educational resources, work against violence and intolerance, support diversity and equality, contribute to sport related charities, host special hospitality centres, involve Olympians in social support, display positive role models, advance sport management and promote culture of which sport is a part of.
Olympians are WOA members through their local National Olympians Associations. IOC President, Juan Antonio Samaranch created the World Olympians Association following the Centennial Olympic Congress, Congress of Unity, held in Paris in 1994. Formally, the WOA was established during a meeting held in the Olympic Museum on 21st November 1995 by 25 founder members.
WOA Vision and Objectives
To leverage the global network of 80,000 Olympians and create an entity that benefits the Olympians, the Olympic ovement as well as our general society. Olympians could be effectively mobilized in the fight against drugs, discrimination, violence as well as for spreading positive messages of fair play, protection of the environment, etc.
To achieve its mission and further its purposes, consistent with the aims of the organization and the IOC, the objectives of the WOA are set forth below:
To encourage contact between Olympians, in support of Olympism and the Olympic Movement, as set forth in the Olympic Charter.
To educate Olympians to become good ambassadors of the Olympic Movement
To promote the establishment of National Olympians Associations.
To foster cooperation between National Olympians Associations, in furtherance of the objectives of the WOA
To support and represent the interests of Olympians and contribute to the enhancement of their quality of life.
To motivate Olympians towards active leadership in their respective local communities and countries of residence.
To support the participation of Olympians in activities where they can serve as role models who embody the Olympic ideals.
To implement development programs as appropriate.