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18 Oct 2006
IOC News

Illustrated Sports Book Prize at SPORTEL, Monaco

As part of SPORTEL 2006, the 9th Illustrated Sports Book Prize was awarded on Tuesday evening at the Golden Podiums ceremony. Three works were recognised: “Paris–Roubaix, une journée en enfer” [“Paris–Roubaix: A Hell of a Day”] received the International Olympic Committee Prize, “Pilotes légendaires de la Formule 1” [“Legendary Formula 1 Drivers”] the French National Olympic Committee Prize, and “Planète Football” [“Planet Football”] that of the Monegasque National Olympic Committee.
Three valuable books
This year, 37 titles were competing. The winners are those which were best at sharing the diversity and emotion that sport can evoke through images. “ParisRoubaix, une journée en enfer” is a book published by L’Équipe. It recounts, over the years, this mythical race which takes place over a fearsome route. Remarkable! “Pilotes légendaires de la F1” details the profiles of the legendary heroes who have made the history of Formula 1. Deeply moving! As for “Planète football”, this is the work of two Spanish photographers, Andoni Canela and Rodolfo Chisleanschi, who have travelled the world tracking down goalmouths: two poles and a crossbar. An absolute gem!
A reference prize
Since its creation in 1998, the Illustrated Sports Book Prize has grown in importance. The books awarded prizes by the jury reflect the richness and originality of the international publications devoted to sport. The diversity of the books put forward, whether anecdotal or educational, historical or topical, is the subject of passionate debates among the jury members, who this year had difficulty in making their choice - such was the exceptional quality of the books.
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