ANOC Awards 2017 to celebrate best athletes across all five continents

Best Male and Best Female athlete of 2017 from each continent to be awarded

17 October 2017; Lausanne: The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) today announced the award categories for the ANOC Awards 2017, which will honour this year’s outstanding athlete performances from all five continents.

ANOC Awards for the Best Male Athlete of 2017 and the Best Female Athlete of 2017 from each continent will be presented, in addition to some special individual awards. The ceremony will take place in Prague’s state-of-the-art, multi-purpose venue, Forum Karlin, on 2 November 2017, and once again provide an opportunity to celebrate the exceptional work of NOCs and their athletes.

The winners of each award were selected by the ANOC Jury from a shortlist provided by each of the Continental Associations. Continental Associations were asked to monitor athletes’ performances across the International Federations’ World Championships, World Cups and Grand Prix which took place this year and submit a shortlist to the Jury. The ANOC Jury, comprised of representatives from each of the Continental Associations, the ANOC Athletes’ Commission Chair, ASOIF President, AIOWF President and ANOC Secretary General, then selected the winners during their meeting in Lima in September.

ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said:

“While it has not been an Olympic year, there has been a huge amount of world-class sport in 2017 for all of us to enjoy. Many International Federations in both summer and winter sports have held World Championships this year and there have been countless other elite-level events. This has provided the Continental Associations and the ANOC Jury with a lot of spectacular athlete performances to choose from for this year’s ANOC Awards in Prague.

“People often only see NOCs at an Olympic Games, but the work of the NOCs never stops. That is why the ANOC Awards is so important and why it is held every year. We want to give the NOCs an evening to enjoy, to thank them and show our appreciation for the work they do every day in preparing their athletes and promoting the Olympic values around the world.”

The ANOC Awards 2017 will take place on the occasion of the XXII ANOC General Assembly which will be held on 2-3 November in Prague. More than 1,000 senior-delegates from the Olympic Movement are expected to attend the General Assembly, including representatives from all 206 NOCs, International Federations, the IOC and OCOGs.

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