- 11 Feb 2014
An award for a crusader against doping
“This is a very emotional moment and also a way of looking back a bit. We will continue the fight against doping with the aim of getting it under control. An award like this makes life meaningful in a new sense,” said Professor Arne Ljungqvist when he received the 2014 Humanitarian Award of Global Sport Development (GSD) on behalf of his PALJF Foundation (Professor Arne Ljungqvist Anti-Doping Foundation).
The award recognises Arne Ljungqvist’s tireless efforts to protect clean athletes for more than 40 years.
An Olympian himself, his various roles after his sporting career have included chairing the Swedish Council of Sports and the IAAF medical commissions before he joined the IOC and its Medical Commission, followed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) when it was established.
“Over the last 10 years, as Chairman of the IOC Medical Commission, Arne has been one of the most instrumental and influential figures in the fight against doping and the protection of clean athletes,” said Uğur Erdener, the IOC Executive Board member who represented IOC President Thomas Bach at the award ceremony on 8 February at the USA House in Sochi.
“I think this award is hugely important. I think it is impossible to believe that this award could have ever been given to anybody who is more deserving” said Sir Craig Reedie, IOC Vice President and WADA President.
In addition to the award, GSD presented Professor Ljungqvist with a USD 100,000 grant for his PALJF Foundation, which focuses on fighting doping as a public health issue, with drugs spreading beyond sport to a broader part of society.