Tunisia: TAP Holds Ceremony to Honour Best Athletes in 2012

Tunis — A ceremony was held Wednesday at the seat of the Arab Institute of Business Managers (IACE) in Tunis by Tunis Afrique Press (TAP) news agency, during which prizes were awarded to winners of the three referendum contests, namely the best sportsman, the best sportswoman and the best football player of 2012.

Trophies were awarded as follows:

Trophy of best sportsman

  1. Oussama Mellouli
  2. Youssef Msakeni
  3. Malek Jaziri

Trophy of best sportswoman

  1. Habiba Ghribi
  2. Ons Jaber
  3. Azza Besbes

Trophy of best Soccer player

  1. Youssef Msakeni
  2. Aymen Abdennour
  3. Saber Khelifa

A tribute was paid to Paralympic athletes who had distinguished themselves in the 2012 London Paralympics, namely Abderrahim Zhiou, Walid Ktila, Marwa Brahmi, Farhat Chida, Mahmoud Khaldi, Nada Behi and Raouâa Tlili.

Other athletes, coaches and sports officials were also honoured.

They are:

Mohamed Gammoudi: former Olympic champion

Fethi Missaoui: Bronze medalist in 1996 Olympics (boxing)

Adel Tlatli: Coach of Tunisia's basketball team

Fethi Mekaouer:Coach of Tunisia's volleyball team

Sami Trabelsi: Coach of Tunisia's soccer team

Abdelhay Ben Soltane: Coach of Tunisia's U17 soccer team

Alain Portes: Coach of Tunisia's handball team

Mohamed Sahraoui: Coach of Tunisia's Rugby seven team.

Ahmed Garbej: Coach of the Tunisian Rugby women's team

Fathi Ouechtati: Coach of the Tunisian women's Petanque team

Ameur Bahri: Permanent Secretary of Espérance de Tunis and dean of sports' officials.

A posthumous tribute was also paid to the family of the late Amor Ghouila, in recognition for this great figure of sports press and of TAP new agency.

The ceremony was attended by Minister in charge of Relations with the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) Abderrazak Kilani, President of the Tunisian National Olympic Committee (TNOC) Younes Chetali as well as presidents of National Sport Federations, coaches, national technical managers and several TNOC members.

Mr. Abderrazak Kilani said the ceremony, which coincides with the celebration of the 2nd anniversary of the Revolution, is in itself a tribute rendered to martyrs of the Revolution, wishing that the year 2013 will bring more success to the Tunisian sport.

In his address, CEO of TAP Mohamed Tayeb Youssefi said the "initiative to hold the referendum is part of the contribution of TAP to encouraging high-performing athletes to repeat their feat and aims to highlight sports performances and preserve and enrich the national sports memory."

"It is also part of the momentum experienced by TAP thanks to the combined efforts of its journalists to enhance its position among the public media and promote local press," he added.

Mr. Youssefi reiterated the constant concern of TAP to "establish an editorial line based on neutrality, professionalism and objectivity towards all stakeholders."

He stressed the concern of "the agency, all its executives and journalists to better fulfil their role as a public service to serve the national community in all honesty and impartiality and in respect of the profession and its ethics."

TAP had organised its first annual referendum of best athlete in 2012, with the participation of 150 journalists, technical manager of national sports federations and coaches of the National soccer League 1.

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