The Algeria Olympic Committee (COA) on 26 January 2017 organised the 3rd edition of the Algerian Olympic and Sports Awards. The event was graced by a host of dignitaries, amongst them the representatives of the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister, the President of ANOCA, Intendant General Lassana Palenfo, AASC President, Ahmed Nasser as well as the NOC Presidents of Libya, Burkina Faso, Mali, Sao Tome and Principe and Benin.
Algerian athlete, Taoufik Makhloufi, rower Amina Rouba and swimmer Amel Melih, were crowned best athletes for 2016. Makhloufi was honoured for the two silver medals won in 1,500m and 800m in Rio, while the trophy of most valuable female athlete was awarded to Rouba (rowing) and Melih (swimming) for their African championship crowns. The trophy for most promising male athlete was for its part awarded to the Greco-Roman wrestler, Sid Azara Bachir (85 Kg), bronze medallist at the world championships in Macon, France. In the women’s category, the Prize for most promising athlete went to 16-year old Fatma Zohra Hirech (weightlifting), for her remarkable lifts at the Rio Olympics though a minor. Disabled sports was also honoured with the consecration of 1,500 m Paralympic champion in Rio, Abdelatif Bekka, and gold (discus) and silver (shot-put) medallist, Nassima Saifi, at the 2016 JP. The President of the Algerian Disabled Sport Federation (FAHS), Rachid Haddad, was awarded the trophy for the best sports administrator of 2016, while the trophy for best women’s team went to GS Petroliers, winners of the Arab basketball championships in Amman and quarter finalists at the African championships in Maputo, Mozambique. Professional football League 1 side and finalists of the CAF Confederations Cup, MO Bejaia, were voted best men’s team.
The special Prize for lifetime achievement as a sports administrator was awarded to Feriel Salhi (fencing). 1,500m Olympic champions, Hassiba Boulmerka, Nouria Benida Merah and Nouredine Morceli also received the special prize for lifetime achievement as athletes. Special Prizes were also awarded to Baya Rahouli (athletics), Soraya Haddad (judo), Salima Souakri (judo) and Fatma Zohra Oukazi (volleyball) and also to the 1982 national football squad. The special prize for best sport service bodies and institutions in 2016 went to the Wilaya of Algiers and the Wilaya of Oran.
The National Olympic and Sport Recognition Prize was awarded to the President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Moreover, the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) and the Association of African Sports (AASC) recognised all efforts deployed by the Algerian Government all over Africa.