2006 - Distinctions
3 November 2006 - ANOC President Mr Mario Vázquez Raña distinguished as Officer in the Order of the Legion of Honour by the French Government
Within the framework of a ceremony held at the Elysée Palace in Paris on November 3rd, 2006, M. Mario Vázquez Raña was distinguished by the President of the French Republic Mr Jacques Chirac with the insignia of Officer in the Legion of Honour "for the quality of his immense services rendered to Olympism world-wide". Amongst the many personalities attending the ceremony was the French Prime Minister, Mr Dominique de Villepin, who warmly congratulated Mr Vázquez Raña.
Besides his wife, several members of his family and some friends, Mr Vázquez Raña was accompanied on this occasion by eminent personalities from the Olympic world, among others Mr Juan Antonio Samaranch, Life Honorary President of the International Olympic Committee, Ms. Gunilla Lindberg, Vice-President of the IOC and Secretary General of ANOC, Mr Lassana Palenfo, President of ANOCA, IOC members Mr Mohamed Mzali and Mr Guy Drut, Mr René Roch, President of the International Fencing Federation, Mr Alejandro Blanco, President of the Spanish Olympic Committee, Mr Pere Miró, Director of Olympic Solidarity of the IOC, as well as the former President of the Mexican Republic Mr Carlos Salinas de Gortari.
June 2006 ľ Australia
John Coates, President of the Australian NOC, IOC Member, received the highest Australian distinction in the Queen's Honours List, as he was made a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (CA).