Noureddine Morceli, aged 47, former 1500 m World and Olympic champion was decorated with the Olympic Order of Merit of the Algeria Olympic and Sports Committee (COA), on the sidelines of the 2nd Algerian Athletes’ Forum held recently in Zeralda. The distinction was handed to the former champion by COA President, Mustapha Berraf, who paid a glowing tribute to the champion. “With this Olympic Order of Merit, Noureddine Morceli becomes the COA ambassador abroad. He is a great champion who has given much to Algeria, especially during difficult moments,” Berraf declared.
On his part, Noureddine appreciated the NOC gesture in full measure. “I am very happy and delighted with the gesture of the NOC and its leader, Mustapha Berraf, who has always borne national duty at heart. He has never spared any efforts to assist sport and sportsmen and women in Algeria to assert themselves,” a visibly elated Morceli said.
Between 1991-1995, Noureddine Morceli won four world championships in 1500m, one of them indoors, and became the first Algerian sportsman to win Olympic gold during the 1996 Games in Atlanta. Also to his credit are seven World records (five outdoor and two indoor) in distances ranging from 1500m to 3000m.
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