• Loroupe wins World Fair Play Award

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Jan 28, 2011-Kenyan Marathon Legend Tegla Loroupe on Thursday evening won the World Fair Play Award for her promotion of Fair Play in Sport in Lausanne.

The former Multiple World half-marathon champion received the prestigious award organised by the International Sports Association (AIPS) and the International Fair Play Committee ( IFPC), for her celebrated role  as a global spokeswoman for peace, education and women’s rights.

IOC honorary member Walther Troger (Germany) was also honoured with the Promotion of fair play trophy.

“This is a win for sports because it is the tool that changed my life,” said an elated Tegla after receiving her award christened the Will Daume Trophy at the awarding ceremony, which were also attended by International Olympic Committee, Jacque Rogge.

“ I decided to use this sport to impact someone else’s life. So this award goes out to the warriors that heeded the call and wanted to bring peace to the Karamajong Clusters.”

Said Rogge: “The world fair play awards highlight the fact that sport is no longer just a matter of competition. Everyone of us must cooperate to ensure the durability of this concept.”
Eight years ago, the diminutive runner organized a 10km-peace race in her home town of Kapenguria-North West of Kenya, which brought together warriors and nomadic groups from Kenya, Uganda, and Sudan, to promote peace in an area plagued by civil war and conflicts from battling pastoralist communities.

‘The annual Tegla Loroupe Peace Race’ has been effective in promoting peace around the conflict-laden area and also transforming the lives of hundreds of former tribal warriors.

The award seems to have spurred Tegla’s running bug as she is now contemplating returning to active competition.
“I have been training in Europe and took part in some races in Italy and Germany to gauge my form and I feel good, very good. I think I still have some energy left for some top marathons.”

Tegla was the 2007 SOYA community Hero is the international Sports Ambassador for UNICEF, IAAF, and OXFAM. She was also part of prominent personalities named as sports and peace ambassadors to Darfur in 2006.

Another legendary Athlete Moroccan Nawal El Moutawekel, the first African and Arab woman to win an Olympic medal in the 400m H at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics; was among three athletes honoured with the AIPS Power of Sport for the role she played in her promotion of women’s participation in sport. The others were May El Khalil-the organiser of the Beirut Marathon and Icelandic Paralympics Coach Erlingur Johannson (Iceland).

World Fair Play Awards:

Promotion of Fair Play (Willi Daume Trophies)
Tegla Loroupe(Kenya)
Walther Troger(Germany)

AIPS Power of Sport
Nawal El Moutawakel
May El Khalil (Lebanon)
The late.Erlingur Johannson (Iceland).

Act of Fair Play (Pierre de Coubertin Trophies)
Amin Motavassel Zadeh (Iran)
Gao Feng (Chinese)
Darius Draudvila(Lithuania)

Sports Career(Jean Borota Trophy)
Edwin Moses (USA) 

Evelyn Watta in Lausanne

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