POSTED: October 31st 2015
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The world unites in celebration of sport for the ANOC Awards 2015

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Many of the world's National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and best athletes from each of the five continents gathered together Thursday night for the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Awards 2015. The ceremony celebrated sport and the power it has to unite diverse national and cultures.

The outstanding performances and achievements of the world's best female and male athletes in the past 14 months were honored at the ANOC Awards 2015. Also, the ceremony recognized the shared values and collective unity of the 206 NOCs.

The winners of an ANOC Award for each of the Continental Games are as follows:

     ·         Franck Elemba (Athletics), from Comité National Olympique et Sportif Congolais, was awarded the Best Male Athlete of the African Games 2015.

     ·         Marie-Josée Ta Lou (Athletics), from the Comité National Olympique de Côte, d'Ivoire received the Best Female Athlete of the African Games 2015.

     ·         Thiago Pereira (Swimming), from the Comitê Olímpico Brasileiro, was presented with the Best Male Athlete of the Pan American Games 2015.

     ·         Kim Rhode (Shooting), from the United States Olympic Committee, was awarded the Best Female Athlete of the Pan American Games 2015.

     ·         Femi Seun Oguonde (Athletics), from the Qatar Olympic Committee, received the Best Male Athlete of the Asian Games 2014.

     ·         Yao Jinnan (Gymnastics), from the Chinese Olympic Committee, was awarded the Best Female Athlete of the Asian Games 2014.

     ·         Togrul Asgarov (Wrestling), from the National Olympic Committee of the Azerbaijani Republic, was presented with the Best Male Athlete of the European Games 2015.

     ·         Katie Taylor (Boxing), from the Olympic Council of Ireland, received the Best Female Athlete of the European Games 2015.

     ·         Ryan Pini (Swimming), from the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee Inc., was awarded the Best Male Athlete of the Pacific Games 2015.

     ·         Jennifer Chieng (Boxing), Federated States of Micronesia National Olympic Committee, was awarded the Best Female Athlete of the Pacific Games 2015.

Individual awards were also presented:

     ·         Bob Beamon (USA) was awarded the ANOC Award for Outstanding Performance.

     ·         Francesco Ricci Bitti (Italy) was presented with the ANOC Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement.

     ·         IOC President, Thomas Bach (Germany) received the ANOC Award for Contribution to the Olympic Movement.

The awards were presented by ANOC Executive Council members along with various famous Olympians including Kaie Ledecky, Olympic gold medalist in swimming at London 2012; Kirsty Coventry, seven-time Olympic medalist in swimming; and Ryan Lochte, 11-time Olympic medalist in swimming. The master of ceremonies was four-time Olympic medalist and NBC analyst, Ato Boldon.

"In the past 14 months we have witnessed five wonderful Continental Games and enjoyed breath-taking sporting moments at each one. These moments did not happen by accident. They were created by dedicated athletes, supported by their NOCs, achieving peak performances. Tonight we had the opportunity to relive and celebrate those moments and to thank the NOCs who were collectively involved in the five Continental Games," expressed ANOC President, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.

He added, "NOCs and athletes are the heart of the Olympic Movement and in recognition of this the ANOC Awards 2015 involved athletes from multiple NOCs at every stage, from selecting the award winners all the way to presenting the awards themselves. This created a true spirit of gratitude and shared unity which is the hallmark of the ANOC Awards."

The new ANOC Awards logo was showcased during the ceremony, which features the iconic ANOC Award trophy, for the first time. The logo reflects the glamour and festivity of the ceremony and will be used for future editions.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog www.thepenshockeyshow.com.


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