The Kingdom of Bahrain was one of six nations to receive a special award for winning its first-ever medal at the Olympics during the inaugural ANOC awards gala in Bangkok, in Thailand.
The award was granted after Bahrain’s Maryam Jamal had taken the women’s 1,500m bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach presented the award to Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) general secretary Abdulrahman Askar, who expressed pride for this honoring gesture.
Askar added that the award reflects the significant development which the BOC has reached in line with the backing of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and committee president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, besides the continued follow-up from supreme council general secretary and BOC vice-president Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
Meanwhile, Kuwaiti Shaikh Ahmed Al Fahad Al Sabah was re-elected uncontested as President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) for a four year term through 2018.
This came as ANOC held its General Assembly in Bangkok, which was part of a week-long meeting programme. Both Askar and BOC sports advisor Abduljalil Asad congratulated Shaikh Ahmed after the election.
Shaikh Ahmed, the only candidate for president of the Association of National Olympic Committees, was first elected ANOC Chief in April 2012. He also serves as president of the Olympic Council of Asia.
He said that every Olympic Games was special and unique. London 2012 and Sochi 2014 were very different but were united in offering excellent services and support to the national Olympic committees.
“It is only right that we reward national Olympic committees and their athletes for the performances which brought us so much joy and made the Games so special,” said Shaikh Ahmed.
President of the European Olympic Committees Patrick Hickey was named ANOC Deputy Chairman. ANOC is an umbrella body representing 204 national Olympic bodies.
In another development, the ANOC General Assembly gave formal approval for ANOC to start a World Beach Games.
Shaikh Ahmed asked the house to approve a resolution to start a World Beach Games, following the success of the Asian Beach Games.
A date and host city were not declared but delegates from 203 national Olympic committees present were assured that costs would not be high for the host city and that all NOCs would have the opportunity to take part.
The first day of the General Assembly concluded with presentations from Asia’s two candidate cities for the 2022 Winter Olympics – Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Beijing, China.