Lamine Diack and Thomas Bach received Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Merit Awards here this morning as the General Assembly began.
The duo, respective Presidents of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and International Olympic Committee (IOC), were honoured for how, in an "exceptional way", they have "furthered or contributed to the work of ANOC".
This came shortly after the annual meeting, the first to be held since an Extraordinary General Assembly in Lausanne in June, 2013, was officially opened by Thailand's Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha
Diack, due to stand down next year after leading the IAAF for 16 years, also has experience as an NOC head, with the 81-year-old having led the Senegal National Olympic and Sports Committee from 1985 to 2002.
The honouring of both figures was followed by a roll call, where it was confirmed 203 of the 204 National Olympic Committees are present.
The only absentee is the US Virgin Islands absent due to a personal illness.