Olympic Council of Asia

Olympic Council of Asia

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) is the apex sporting body which controls all the sports in Asia. It is one of the five continental associations recognized by the IOC.

The OCA was formed in 1982 and has its permanent headquarters in Kuwait. The main objective of the OCA is to develop sport, culture and education of Asian youth as well as to promote international respect, friendship, goodwill & peace through sports.

The current president is Sheikh Fahad Al-Sabah. The oldest NOC is from Japan and Philippines, recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1911; whereas East Timor is the newest, joining in 2003. The headquarters of OCA are located at Kuwait City.

The Olympic Council of Asia control a variety of Games, these include the Asian Games which are the largest of them all, the different Games haves different concepts or themes. The Asian Games include all traditional and popular sports. However, there are other sports which are still developing and becoming increasingly popular which means that many are not yet incorporated into the main program. Therefore the OCA established ideas to incorporate other non traditional games for example E- sports and extreme sports. In turn this then led to the development of various categories such as Winter Games and Beach Games.