It was a truly auspicious night at the IOC 2016 Awards Women in Sport, honouring outstanding individuals in their contribution towards women in sports. The Awards were introduced in 2000 to recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions of those who promote gender equality in sport. For the first time in history, the  IOC gave it’s top award the IOC Women and Sport World Trophy to a man – Ethiopian journalist Dagim Zinabu Tekle who founded the Lisan Women’s Sport Radio Programme, dedicated to inspiring women and girls to be more active in sport and to pursue their goals and dreams. Tekle said in an IOC statement Monday. “I created this show because I realized that in Ethiopia, women have no voice, and they are not heard.”

IOC President, Dr Thomas Bach presenting the Sport Trophy World Trophy to Dagim Zinabu Tekle

The five continental awards were: Africa – Felicite Rwemarika (Rwanda); Americas – Carole Oglesby (United States); Asia – Maria Leonor Estampador (Philippines); Europe – Majken Gilmartin (Denmark); Oceania – Moya Dodd (Australia).

AIMS President, Mr Fox along was among the sport dignitaries that attended the event to honour the outstanding men and women. It was a night of inspiration and well deserved appreciation.

IOC Head of Stakeholder Relations, Mrs Jenny Mann, President ARISF, Mr Raffaele Chiulli, Olympic Champion Cathy Freeman with AIMS President, Mr. Stephan Fox
AIMS President, Mr. Stephan Fox, President of World Olympians Association Mr Joel Bouzou and his wife, President ARISF, Mr Raffaele Chiulli

Read more about the awards night on the official press release – IOC AWARDS 2016 WOMEN AND SPORT TROPHIES