ANOC awards POC “revolutionary” Olympics award


The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) presented the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) with the Breakthrough NOC Award for winning its first Olympic gold medal thanks to weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz at the Tokyo Games in July.

POC President Representative Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino received the award online at ceremonies held in Heraklion, Greece, on Sunday.

“The POC is honored to receive this award from ANOC. It’s been almost a century or after 22 Olympics that we finally won our first Olympic gold medal, ”said Tolentino reiterating his praise to Diaz, silver medalists Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam and bronze medalist Eumir Felix Marcial for their remarkable performance in Tokyo.

“This award is not just for the POC, but for the whole country and the 15 other Filipino athletes who gallantly competed in the Tokyo Olympics,” Tolentino said.

The ANOC Awards were first held in Bangkok in 2014 and have been held annually since then. The event was created to recognize and honor the achievements of NOCs and their athletes as well as distinguished members of the Olympic family.

Bermuda (women’s triathlon) and Qatar (weightlifting) also received the award for winning their first Olympic gold medals. Burkina Faso, San Marino and Turkmenistan were also awarded for winning their first medals at the Tokyo Olympics.

The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, the Greek Minister of Culture and Sports Lefteris Avgenakis and representatives of the IOC, NOCs, international federations and other Olympic actors attended the awards ceremony.

ANOC also held its General Assembly at which officials from the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics made a presentation.

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