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Press Release: ANOC announces categories for inaugural ANOC Gala Awards

18 Jul 2014
Lausanne: Following today’s 64th ANOC Executive Council meeting, ANOC has announced the prizes to be awarded at the inaugural ANOC Gala Awards Dinner, recognising the achievements of the NOCs and their athletes around the world. The awards were approved by the ANOC Executive Council during a meeting attended by IOC President Thomas Bach in the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne. President Bach delivered a speech updating the ANOC Executive Council on the latest developments on Olympic Agenda 2020 before reports from each of the nine ANOC Commissions and Working Groups were given.

ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said:

“This has been a highly productive and successful ANOC Executive Council meeting. The ANOC Gala Awards Dinner is a concept that we have been discussing for a while and as chair of the ANOC Events Working Group, it is a project I am particularly passionate about. The NOCs and their athletes are at the very core of the Olympic Movement but their hard work and dedication is not always recognised. The ANOC Gala Awards Dinner will be a celebration of all NOCs and a chance to give them the recognition they deserve.”

The awards will be decided by a carefully selected committee. The approved awards categories are:

- Best athletes from London 2012 (male individual, female individual, male team and female team)
- Best athletes from Sochi 2014 (male individual, female individual, male team and female team)
- Coach of the year
- Most successful NOC in 2012 and 2014
- Best breakthrough NOC
- ANOC Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award

President Bach updated the ANOC Executive Council on a range of topics, including Olympic Agenda 2020 and new commercial and broadcast deals. He said:

“Olympic Agenda 2020 is making progress. There is a broad consensus for change among all the stakeholders, including the NOCs, the IFs and IOC members. All the stakeholders have understood that we need to make some major changes to address new challenges. We have to adapt, and it is always better to lead the change ourselves.”

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah added:

“We were honoured that President Bach attended the meeting and gave us an update on Olympic Agenda 2020. We are united behind Olympic Agenda 2020 and fully support President Bach’s commitment to making the process as collaborative as possible. Through our nine Commissions and Working Groups we are undergoing a similar process of reform and I was delighted to hear during the ANOC Executive Council meeting that they are all making excellent progress ahead of November’s General Assembly.”
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