POSTED: June 24th 2011
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Women and Sport Awards honor contributions to the women's sports movement

(L to R) Daphne Pirie, Narin Hajtass, Nadouvi Lawson Body, commission chair Anita Defrantz, Tegla Loroupe, IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge, The Women and Sport Commission of the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee, Sema Kasapoglu / IOC/Juilliart
(L to R) Daphne Pirie, Narin Hajtass, Nadouvi Lawson Body, commission chair Anita Defrantz, Tegla Loroupe, IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge, The Women and Sport Commission of the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee, Sema Kasapoglu / IOC/Juilliart

IOC World Trophy winner Tegla Loroupe from Kenya / IOC/Juilliart
IOC World Trophy winner Tegla Loroupe from Kenya / IOC/Juilliart

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/LAUSANNE, Jun 24: On Olympic Day the International Olympic Committee (IOC) hosted the ceremony for the Women and Sport Awards promoting the advancement of women in the sports environment.

The awards commemorate the achievement of enhancing the participation, development and involvement of women and young girls worldwide. 

The awards took place in the presence of the attendees for the Olympic Day festivities, members of the Women and Sport Commission, the IOC executive board, IF and NOC officials and guests.

President Rogge said: “The IOC Women and Sport Awards represent how far the Olympic Movement has come in the field of gender equality. The participation of women at the Games, for example, has almost doubled in the last 30 years from 23 per cent at the 1984 Los Angeles Games to nearly 43 per cent at the 2008 Beijing Games. We expect this positive trend to continue at London 2012.”

The winners of the awards were selected by the Women and Sport Commission from 46 candidatures that were submitted coming from National Olympic Committees (NOCs), International Federations (IFs) and Continental Associations.
   
Anita DeFrantz, chair of the Women and Sport Commission, said, "Through various projects and programmes, the IOC invests in the empowerment of women off the playing field. We acknowledge that, by working together, women and men, people of different age groups and people from different countries, we can accomplish more, and more quickly, then working alone.

“We encourage everyone in the sports world and beyond to work as a team when it comes to gender equality.”

The winners of the 2011 Women and Sport Award trophies are:
 
- IOC World Trophy: Tegla Loroupe (Kenya)
- IOC Trophy for Africa: Nadouvi Lawson Body (Togo)
- IOC Trophy for the Americas: The Women and Sport Commission of the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee
- IOC Trophy for Asia: Narin Hajtass (Jordan)
- IOC Trophy for Europe: Sema Kasapoglu (Turkey)
- IOC Trophy for Oceania:  Daphne Pirie (Australia).


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