The start of a New Year always provides a great sense of optimism.
It is an opportunity to look ahead with ambition at what we can achieve and how we are going to go about achieving it.
It is also provides a chance to reflect on the success of the past year and ensure that we take the lessons that we learnt through with us into the year ahead.
As an Olympic year, 2016 was very special for the world’s National Olympic Committees (NOCs).
Rio 2016 marked the culmination of four years of hard work for NOCs who work tirelessly every day to ensure their athletes are able to perform at their very best.
In Rio we saw athletes from 206 NOCs take part in the Games and 83 NOCs won medals. Two NOCs made their Olympic debuts, three NOCs won their first ever Olympic medals and another eight won their first ever Olympic gold medals.
Rio 2016 showcased the collective Olympic spirit in action. The world was treated to spectacular sporting performances, moments of individual and collective excellence, and numerous displays of friendship and sportsmanship. The Games united the world and reminded us of the unrivalled power of sport to inspire generations. Without the dedication and hard work of the NOCs and their athletes none of this would have been possible.
The ANOC Awards 2016 in Doha gave us the privilege of reliving some of these fantastic moments as we recognised the outstanding achievements of NOCs and their athletes during the Games. We established the ANOC Awards as a way of showing our appreciation for all the work that the NOCs do and to provide a night of celebration and entertainment for everyone, not just those who win awards.