The Association of African National Olympic Committees (ANOCA) is to honor 12 African athletes who won medals in different sports during the just concluded Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
This was made known by the President of the Nigerian Olympic Committee, Engr. Habu Gumel at a press briefing to highlight ANOCA’s 40th anniversary activities, which kicked off yesterday in Abuja and will end on Thursday, September 30, 2021.
The athletes to be honored are 11 gold medalists and 1 silver medalist.
The gold medalists are Ahmed Ayoub Hafnaoui (400m freestyle, Tunisia); Eliud Kipchoge (Marathon, Kenya); Emmanuel Korir (800m, Kenya); Faith Chepngetich – Kipyegon (1500m, Kenya); Peres Jepchichir (Marathon, Kenya); Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei (5000m, Uganda); Peruth Chemutai (3000m, Uganda) and Fatjana Shoenmaker (200m breaststroke, South Africa).
The other gold medalists are Feryal Abdelaziz (Karate, Egypt); Selemon Barega (10000m, Ethiopia) and Soufiane El Bakkali (3000m, Morocco).
Nigerian freestyle wrestler Blessing Oborududu is the only Nigerian silver medalist to be honored.
The 40th anniversary celebration will take place today at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is the main host and is expected to deliver the opening speech while Sports Minister Chief Sunday Dare will deliver his speech as Host Minister of Youth Development and Sports.