Loruope honoured with an international Fair play award for Peace

By evelyn watta
Jul 14, 2016
  • Tegla Loruope receives her award in Castiglion Florentino, Italy on Wednesdat.(Photo:Premio Fair play)

Kenyan marathon legend and peace crusader Tegla Loroupe on Wednesday honored with an International Fair play Mecenate award presented at a colorful award ceremony at the Castiglion Florentino, Italy just weeks before she leads the Refugee Olympic team to Rio.

Loroupe was among 16 recipients honoured for her philanthropic sporting endeavors. 

“This is a big motivation for me and the foundation to continue spreading the message of peace especially at this time when war in every other part of the world,’said Loroupe after receiving the award in the Italian Tuscan town.

Other awardees included triple Olympic champion Marie-Jose Perec of France, Formula One racing legend Michael Schumacher, Norway’s most decorated skier Kjetil Andre Aamodt wamong others.

IOC member Paul Tergat, a former world marathon record holder and legendary runner Dr Kipchoge Keino are the other Kenyan recipients of the awards that is handed to athletes who have characterized good sportsmanship on and off the field.

Loroupe  the Tegla Loroupe peace foundation, a non-profit organization that organises a series of peace races annually in the conflict prone areas of North West Kenya.

The former world marathon record holder who was the first African woman to win the New York Marathon began an annual race ten years ago, that has been successful in promoting peace in the conflict-laden area and also transforming the lives of hundreds of former tribal warriors.

Loroupe,43, is the chef de mission of the first ever refugee team that will comprises five track and fiels runners are from South Sudan, two Judokas are originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, a swimmer from Syria and a marathoner from Ethiopia.

“I am pained by the recent developments in South Sudan and I hope that this award will remind the world of the fragile situation in the newest African nation. The IOC’s decision to field a refugee Olympic team is a big step but and a a loud call to the leaders in Sudan to seek peaceful solutions to any disagreements.”

Last year she was enlisted as a member of the Laureus World Sports Academy and is also a recipient of the IOC women and sport award(2011) among several others.