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OCA has full jurisdiction over Olympic Movement in Asia, all OCA Games being the sole property of OCA, and over the use of their names, symbols, flags, mottos, logos and the like. Under the supreme authority and leadership of the Olympic Council of Asia, the Olympic Movement in Asia encompasses NOCs, Asian Federations, Asian Games Organizing Committees, athletes and other persons who agree to be guided by the OCA Constitution. The goal of the Olympic Movement in Asia is to contribute to building a peaceful and better Asian society by educating youth through sport practiced in accordance with Olympism and its values. The OCA will help to develop sport, culture and education of Asian youth, those moral and physical qualities that come from fair competition in sports, and to promote international respect, friendship, goodwill, Peace and Environments.


Since its formation in 1982, the Olympic Council of Asia has had two Presidents. Sheikh Fahad Al-Sabah was the first president, from 1982 to 1990, and was succeeded in 1991 by Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah


The purpose of the OCA EB is to effectively set and control the policies, administration and business of the OCA. All decisions by the EB are sent to the GA for information or ratification. The Executive Board is comprised of one President with 5 Vice-Presidents coming from the 5 different zones of the Asian Continent (East, South East, South, Central and West Asia), one Vice Presidents each from the host country of the Asian Summer Games, Asian Winter Games, Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games, Asian Beach Games and Asian Youth Games. It also comprises of the Chairman of the 17 OCA Standing Committees, the Director General and the Technical Director.


The General Assembly is the final authority which determines all matters concerning the OCA. It also holds specific power to enforce the fundamental principles, objectives, rules, regulations and bye laws which are laid down the OCA Constitution. The OCA General Assembly is mainly comprised of the member NOCs of OCA who are entitled to vote. It also includes the OCA Executive Board members, the honorary life Presidents & Vice Presidents, the honorary life members, IOC Members in Asia, Chairman and Secretary General of the Asian Games Organizing Committee of the host country. They are not entitled to vote. The voting power lies with the NOCs of Asia which are affiliated to the OCA who have one vote each, these are normally represented by up to three delegates. Others may attend but they will not have voting powers, these include the president or secretary general of the General Association of Asian Sports Federations, one representative of the international sports federations who may be from Asia and Asian sports federations.


All presidents of the council, on completion of 4 full terms in office who are not re-elected automatically qualify to become a honorary life president upon the termination of their office. All existing honorary life presidents of the AGF’s shall retain their status within the OCA. The Vice president and secretary general on completion of 4 full terms in office that are not re elected automatically qualify to become a honorary life vice president upon the termination of their office. The president of the OCA can appoint other honorary president, vice president or members as he sees fit for outstanding service to further the fundamental principles and the general aims and objectives of the OCA. These appointments however are subject to the approval of the General Assembly.


The OCA has 17 standing committees. The Chair and members are appointed by the OCA President for four years period, on the recommendation of the NOCs. The President retains the right to establish other permanent or ad hoc commissions and working groups as he sees fit. The terms of these commissions are the presidents’ sole discretion.


According to the OCA Constitution, the administration of the OCA is placed under the responsibility of the Director General who, under the authority of the President, runs it with the assistance of Directors/Managers of different departments such as the Sports Department, International and NOC Relations Department, Technical Department, IT Department, Finance Department, Archive Department, Logistic Department and the Sports Calendar Department. The main role of the administration is to act as coordinator/collaborator between all members of the Asian Olympic Family, from the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), the Asian Federations (AFs), the athletes, the Asian Games Organizing Committees (AGOC), the Sponsors/Broadcasters, the International Olympic Committee, Olympic Solidarity, ANOC and any other related sports organizations.