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July 2007 – Kenya - Kipjoge Keino Doctor Honoris Causa
Kipjoge Keino, President of the Kenya National Olympic Committee, received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Bristol, Great Britain.

July 2007 – The President of ANOCA distinguished in Algiers
On the occasion of the XV Pan-African Games held in Algiers from the 13 to the 29 July 2007, Intendant-General Lassana Palenfo, President of the Associations of the Olypmpic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) received from the hands of the President of the Algerian Republic, Mr Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the "Djadir" medal in the National Algerian Order of Merit.

July 2007 – Mr Mario Vázquez Raña, President of ANOC, distinguished with the Gold Quetzal
On the occasion of the 119 IOC Session held in Guatemala City (4-7 July 2007), Mr Mario Vázquez Raña, President of PASO and ANOC, member of the IOC Executive Board, President of the IOC Olympic Solidarity Commission, received from the Galileo University of Guatemala the Gold Quetzal. The quetzal is Guatemala's emblem bird and the distinction honours those who have contributed towards strengthening friendship, harmony and good relations between Guatemala and other countries. The ceremony took place in the presence of many personalities, notably the IOC President Mr Jacques Rogge.

20 June 2007 – Mr Mario Vázquez Raña distinguished by ATHINA Award and Mrs. Gunilla Lindberg by OLYMPIA Award
Mr Mario Vázquez Raña, President of ANOC, was honoured on Wednesday 20 June 2007 in Athens, during the official opening of the International Olympic Academy's 47th Session for young participants, with the Athina Award as a recognition of his contribution to the Olympic Movement. As President Vázquez Raña had been unable to attend this event, the Prize was handed over in his absence to the Mexican Embassador in Greece.
Mrs. Gunilla Lindberg, Secretary General of ANOC, who represented the President of the IOC at this opening session, received the Olympia Award in recognition of her outstanding dedication to the Olympic Movement.
These distinctions are awarded each year by the International Olympic Academy (IOA) on the occasion of the Opening Ceremony of the International Session for Young Participants, held on the Pnyx hill, to eminent personalities who have served literature, education, the Olympic Movement and/or the IOA's activities.

June 2007 – Czech Republic - Emanuel Bosák distinguished by the IOC
Upon the Czech Olympic Committee's proposal, Emanuel Bosák, who was NOC President from 1967 to 1970, was awarded the IOC Trophy 2007 for a whole life dedicated to sport and the promotion of Olympism.

Algiers, 7 April 2007 – ANOCA President receives Algeria's highest distinction for sport
The President of the Association of the National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), Intendant-general Lassana Palenfo (Côte d'Ivoire) received the insignia of the Algerian National Olympic Merit Order "for his commitment and his devotion in the service of sport in Africa".
Mr Palenfo is the first African sports leader to receive this distinction, the highest in the Algerian Merit for sport. He praised on this occasion Algeria's commitment to ensure the success of the IX African Games to be held in Algiers from 11 to 23 July next.



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