The Olympic Association awarded the distinction to King Mohammed VI in recognition of his efforts to promote sports.
Rabat – The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) awarded on Monday, August 19, in Rabat, the Olympic African Order of Merit to King Mohammed VI.
ANOCA President, Mustapha Berraf, handed the distinction to Prince Moulay Rachid on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the 12th African Games.
Prince Moulay Rachid presided over the opening ceremony of the African games at the Moulay Abdellah Stadium, in Rabat.
The African games 2019 are taking place in the cities of Rabat, Sale, Temara, Casablanca, Benslimane, and El Jadida.
The event will run through August 31 and will see the participation of 6.500 athletes.
The distinction was awarded to the King in recognition of his efforts to promote sports.
Through his social development initiatives, King Mohammed VI is drawing particular attention to national sports. To strengthen the involvement of Moroccan youth in sports, the government has built socio-sports centers as well as football stadiums and basketball courts.
The sports projects came as part of the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH).
The King also inaugurated the Mohammed VI Football Academy to promote football and enhance the training of talented Moroccan youth