The Algerian Olympic Museum was inaugurated on 26 January 2017 by COA President, Mustapha Berraf, and the Wali of Algiers, Abdelkader Zoukh. The ceremony was attended by a host of African sports dignitaries, prominent amongst them the Presidents of ANOCA, Intendant General Lassana Palenfo and AASC, Ahmed Nasser.
The three floors occupied by the Olympic museum located opposite the Harcha-Hacene hall in Algiers, display trophies, medals, bibs, spikes, torches, kimonos, photos, parade outfits and mascots, which take the visitor down memory lane. As one steps into the museum hall, attention is immediately drawn to the only Africa Cup of Nations won by the 1990 Algeria football squad in Algiers, which is in full display, a foretaste of the other valuable objects on display therein. At one corner of the reception hall of the museum are exhibited spikes and bibs of former 1,500m Olympic champions, Noureddine Morceli, Hassiba Boulmerka and Nouria Benida-Merrah. The second floor clears the dust about Algeria’s early Olympic Games participations in 1960 and 1970. Exhibited here are parade outfits, sports equipment used back then, stamps, flags and sombrero hats of the 1964, 1968 and 1972 editions.
COA President, Mustapha Berraf, describes the place in glowing term: “this place is a sports, historical and tourism site. We are looking forward to making it an inevitable place for those who are interested in sporting feats performed by Algerians.” The museum director, Mohamed Yamani, on his part dreams of a “vibrant and lively” museum: “My team and I will mainly target the goal of making it an appealing museum that will stimulate real interest with conferences, projections and discussions on the influence of the national sports movement in the country’s history and in regaining its sovereignty.”
Built on a surface area of 521 m², the seven-storey building also houses the Olympic Academy of budding talents. The project cost two hundred and thirty million dinars and received financial assistance from the IOC and the Wilaya of Algiers.
The Chairman of the ANOCA Athletes’ Commission, Amadou Dia Ba’a attended the three-day Forum with other Africans, including Enee Udong (ANOCA), Kirsty Coventry and Aya Medani (IOC), Kady Kanouté (WADA) and Nadia Cruz (World Olympians Association).
NOC Tunisia (CNOT) is celebrating its 60th anniversary this November 2017 with one week of intense activities dubbed “sixtieth anniversary week.”