Male jour­nal­ist wins IOC’s ‘Women and Sport’ award

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

An Ethiopian jour­nal­ist on Mon­day be­came the first man to win an Olympic award aimed at pro­mot­ing women and sport.

Dagim Zinabu Tekle claimed the hon­our as founder of a ra­dio pro­gramme de­signed to en­cour­age women and girls to be­come more in­volved in sport “and to pur­sue their goals and dreams”.

First awarded in 2000 the ‘Women and Sport’ tro­phy was handed over to Tekle by In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Thomas Bach in Lau­sanne.

Tekle’s pro­gramme has in­vited 12,580 guests - sports lead­ers, coaches, pro­fes­sion­als and sportswomen en­gaged in lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional women’s sports ac­tiv­i­ties - on it since it was first aired five years ago.

“This has sig­nif­i­cantly raised aware­ness among the pub­lic of the achieve­ments and suc­cess of these women,” the IOC said.

As well as Tekle’s global hon­our there were five con­ti­nen­tal awards handed out in Lau­sanne - in­clud­ing to Aus­tralia former women’s in­ter­na­tional foot­baller Moya Dodd, for cham­pi­oning women’s rights in Ocea­nia.

Other re­cip­i­ents were Rwan­dan Felicite Rwe­marika (Africa), Amer­i­can Carole Oglesby (Amer­i­cas), Maria Leonor Es­tam­pador (Asia) and Den­mark’s Ma­jken Maria Gil­martin (Europe).

Bach com­mented: “These Women and Sport Awards are very im­por­tant be­cause with­out these per­son­al­i­ties whom we are hon­our­ing, the ath­letes could not achieve their goals.

“These per­son­al­i­ties have as­sisted and in­spired ath­letes. They have been fight­ing for the right of the fe­male ath­letes, they have en­cour­aged them. We are ex­tremely grate­ful to them.” — AFP

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