POSTED: November 7th 2014

New ANOC Initiative Receives Praise from Heads of London 2012 and Sochi 2014

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MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The first Association of National Olympic Committee (ANOC) Gala Awards Dinner received high praise today from Lord Coe, former Chairman for London 2012, and Dimitry Chernyshenko, former President and CEO of Sochi 2014. The gala provides a chance to recognize the achievements of athletes and NOCs on an international stage from London 2012 and Sochi 2014.

The ANOC Gala Awards Dinner gives the chance for Olympic athletes from all sports and across all continents to be recognized, which is different from all other award ceremonies. This historic event will be broadcast worldwide to about 350 million households, and they will be able to look back on the past two Olympic Games’ greatest sporting moments. 

“Every Olympic Games brings something special and unique. London 2012 and Sochi 2014 were very different but were united in offering excellent services and support to the NOCs. We are therefore delighted that these great Games will be the focus of our first ever ANOC Gala Awards Dinner. It is only right that we reward NOCs and their athletes for the performances which brought us so much joy and made the Games so special,” stated Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, ANOC President.

Chair of the ANOC Youth Working Group, Lord Coe went on to comment, “We are delighted that NOCs and athletes from London 2012 will be recognized at the first ANOC Gala Awards Dinner. At London 2012 we had the privilege of witnessing some exceptional individual and team performances. NOCs were at the very heart of that and I cannot wait to relive some of these iconic moments at this historic event."

Lord Coe continued saying, “This week for me though, is not just about looking back to the successes of London 2012. It is also about looking ahead to our future. London 2012’s legacy program has taught us many valuable lessons. Here at ANOC, through the ANOC Youth Working Group, we are trying to use some of these lessons to get young people to take an active lead in creating a sustainable future so that NOCs and athletes can create many more special memories at future Olympic Games.”

“The ANOC Gala Awards Dinner is an excellent platform to give athletes and NOCs the international recognition they deserve. As President and CEO of Sochi 2014 I witnessed first-hand just how important the NOCs are in the lives of athletes, and in ensuring that they have everything they need to achieve their optimum performance." said Dmitry Chernyshenko.

Chernyshenko added, “At Sochi 2014 we had a record number of NOCs competing for a record number of medals. More NOCs won medals than at any previous Winter Games. The 88 different national teams that came together in Sochi created an atmosphere of friendship and respect from which we saw some excellent athletic performances. The first ANOC Gala Awards Dinner will honor these performances and reinforce the unity of nations through sport.”

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