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ANOC honour for Qatar Olympic Committee chief

HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani recognised for contribution to Olympic Movement.
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HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, QOC president, with ANOC Acting President, Robin Mitchell after receiving the ANOC award for Contribution to the Olympic Movement. Photo: Team Qatar/Twitter

HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, President of the Qatar Olympic Committee, was presented the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) award for Contribution to the Olympic Movement at a glittering function at the Katara Cultural Village on Thursday.

Sheikh Joaan, after receiving the award from ANOC’s Acting President Robin Mitchell, said, “I wouldn’t have been standing here if I did not have a strong team supporting me in the Olympic Committee and the Local Organising Committee. I thank the IOC (International Olympic Committee), the President Thomas Bach, ANOC and the Olympic Movement. This award is for all of you”.

ANOC Secretary General Gunilla Lindberg said, “He is a big Olympic leader. He has done so much for the Olympic movement — the most recent example of that being the World Beach Games”.

Sam Ramsamy, President of the South African National Olympic Committee and winner of the Lifetime Achievement award on the night, highlighted the contribution of Qatar’s royal family towards development of sports and said, “He deserved it, there is no doubt about it. Qatar and the Qatar royal family have always been deeply involved in sports for many years. We know their passion for sports and their keenness to invite overseas participants to Doha”.

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Former QOC Secretary General Sheikh Saud bin Abdulrahman Al Than, with IOC President Thomas Bach and ANOC Acting President Robin Mitchell after being honored with the ANOC Merit Award. Photo: Team Qatar/Twitter

Katarina Witt, the former figure-skating world champion, who was ANOC’s choice for Outstanding Performance award, lauded Qatar’s contribution to sports. “They have great infrastructure for sports and have organised so many word class events like the recent IAAF Athletics World Championships and the Beach Games. It just goes to show how deeply they are involved in sport.”

The QOC president also received the ANOC Merit Award given earlier in the day.

The ANOC award is in recognition of its role in supporting the Olympic Movement and organizing numerous sporting events with unrivaled success.

Earlier, ANOC honored former QOC Secretary General Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani with the ANOC Merit Award. He received the award from the IOC President Bach.

Gymnastics legend Nadia Comaneci was among the dignitaries who graced the evening.


Best Male Athlete, African Games, 2019: Sydney Siame (Zambia)
Best Female Athlete, African Games, 2019: Erin Gallagher (South Africa)
Best Male Athlete, European Games, 2019: Mauro Nespoli (Italy)
Best Female Athlete, European Games, 2019: Dina Averina (Russia)
Best Male Athlete, Asian Games, 2019: Ali Al Khorafi (Kuwait)
Best Female Athlete, Asian Games, 2019: Chen Yile (China)
Best Male Athlete, Pacific Games, 2019: Brendan Schuster (Samoa)
Best Female Athlete, Pacific Games, 2019: Toea Wisil (Papua New Guinea)
Best Male Athlete, Pan American Games, 2019: Julio Cesar La Cruz (Cuba)
Best Female Athlete, Pan American Games, 2019: Mariana Pajon (Colombia)
ANOC Award for Outstanding Athlete: Yasuhiro Yamashita (Japan)
ANOC Award for Outstanding Performance: Katrina Witt (Germany)
ANOC Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement: Sam Ramsamy (South Africa)
ANOC Award for Contribution to Olympic Movement: HH Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani