In the context of the two-day XXV General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), the annual awards highlighted the hard work, dedication and inspiring performances of athletes and the teams supporting them at Tokyo 2020, celebrating sport and Olympic values.
Estonia's epee fencing team won the award for Best Female Multiple Athlete Event of Tokyo 2020 and Italy's cycling track team pursuit took Best Male Multiple Athlete Event.
According to Katrina Lehis, who won the gold medal with the team and a bronze medal in an individual tournament, the award is a recognition of the work done. "When we learned from the organizers that we have won this award and we have to keep it a secret before the gala, we were very surprised and flattered. It is very nice that our achievement was appreciated because all the women were very strong and able to win in Tokyo 2020, " Lehis said.
New Zealand's rugby sevens won the award for Best Female Team and Japan's baseball squad took Best Male Team.
Canadian swimmer Maggie McNeil was honored as Best Female Athlete of Tokyo 2020, with Kenya's marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge named Best Male Athlete.