POSTED: July 2nd 2013

IOC Women and Sport Commission awards six pioneers at 2013 IOC Women and Sport Awards

Women and Sport 2013 at the Lausann Palace / R. Juilliart/IOC
Women and Sport 2013 at the Lausann Palace / R. Juilliart/IOC

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Six women were recognised by the International Olympic Committee Monday for their “outstanding contributions to the development of women’s participation in sport and sports administration” at the 2013 IOC Women and Sports Awards in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The World Trophy was presented to Qatari Ahlam Salem Mubarak Al Mana, while the other awards went to Dr. Djene Saran Camara of Guniea (IOC Trophy for Africa), Marlene Bjornsrud of the United States (IOC Trophy for the Americas), Boossaba Todbangtoey of Thailand (IOC Trophy for Asia), Ona Baboniene of Lithuania (IOC Trophy for Europe), and Catherine Alice Wong of Fiji (IOC Trophy for Oceania).

“The Olympic Movement has been at the forefront of efforts to encourage the participation of women in sport for several years now,” International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said. “We have made great progress towards equality on the field of play, but we have much more to do to boost the number of women coaches and sports administrators. Tonight’s award-winners all serve as true role models in the pursuit of this important goal.”

As the World Trophy winner, Ahlam Salem Mubarak Al Mana has helped increase the selection of Qatari sportswomen to compete at the international level and helped secure the participation of four female athletes to compete at the Olympic Games for the first time at London 2012. She also set up training programmes in her country to develop women coaches in handball, basketball, table tennis, football, volleyball, swimming and athletics.

“The remarkable women we are honouring tonight come from varied backgrounds, speak different languages and have made their mark on sport and society in different ways,” IOC Women and Sport Commission Chairwoman Anita DeFrantz said. “But all are committed to the belief that the practice of sport is a human right that cannot be denied on the basis of gender, race, religion, ethnicity or sexual preference. The International Olympic Committee shares this commitment, as defined in the Olympic Charter.”

National Olympic Committees, Continental Associations and International Federations submitted 49 nominees, from which the IOC Women and Sport Commission selected the six winners.

Keywords · International Olympic Committee · Women and Sport · Lausanne · Switzerland ·

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