Crete, 25 October 2021 - The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) was bestowed the National Olympic Committees' (NOC) Breakthrough Award by the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).
The QOC President H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani received the award at the ANOC Awards 2021 held on the sidelines of the ANOC General Assembly in Crete, Greece.
The NOC Breakthrough Award is presented to the NOCs who won their first-ever Olympic medal or first-ever Olympic gold medal.
Qatar clinched two gold medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, with team Qatar's weightlifter Fares Ibrahim winning the gold medal at the 96kg event and Mutaz Barshim claiming the gold medal of the men's high jump event. Moreover, Qatar's beach volleyball duo won Arab's first-ever Olympic medal in team sports in Tokyo.