Rabat, Aug. 20 -- The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) awarded on Monday, August 19, in Rabat, the Olympic African Order of Merit to King Mohammed VI.

ANOCA President, Mustapha Berraf, handed the distinction to Prince Moulay Rachid on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the 12th African Games.

Prince Moulay Rachid presided over the opening ceremony of the African games at the Moulay Abdellah Stadium, in Rabat.

The African games 2019 are taking place in the cities of Rabat, Sale, Temara, Casablanca, Benslimane, and El Jadida.

The event will run through August 31 and will see the participation of 6.500 athletes.

The distinction was awarded to the King in recognition of his efforts to promote sports.