IOC launches 2013 Sport and Environment Awards
Today, on the occasion of World Water Day (WWD) and in the UN International Year of Water Cooperation, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) launched the 3rd edition of its Sport and Environment Awards.
First introduced by the IOC Sport and Environment Commission in 2009, the Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of individuals, groups and organisations that have shown initiative and taken action to drive environmental efforts and projects within their community. The recognition continues to be an important stimulus in the awareness process for environmental stewardship at local, national and global level.
Nominations for the Awards, which are presented biennially in conjunction with the IOC’s World Conferences on Sport and the Environment, can be submitted by National Olympic Committees, International Federations, Continental Associations and Recognised Organisations.
The 2013 Awards will be presented during the 10th edition of the IOC World Conference on Sport and the Environment, which will take place in Sochi (Russian Federation) from 30 October to 1 November 2013.
One award is given to a nominee from each of the five continents (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania) selected by a jury composed of members of the IOC Sport and Environment Commission.
Nominated projects should embrace the following principles:
- Regarding the environment as the third pillar of Olympism alongside sport, culture and education;
- Creating awareness by means of education through sport, especially with regard to young people;
- Believing in the catalytic power of sport to engage a global audience in accepting responsibility for safeguarding the fragile ecosystems of the earth.