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10 Nov 1999
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Lausanne, 10 November 1999 - IOC President’s Prize awarded two top European researchers

The IOC President’s Prize was awarded jointly to Professor Helmut Digel from the University of Tubingen in Germany and to Professor Risto Telama from University of Jyvaskyla in Finland during a ceremony today at IOC headquarters. The IOC President awarded the prizes in the presence of Mr. Ron Feingold, president of the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP).

When awarding the Prize, the IOC President said “From my experience of travelling around the world during my career, I learned that the real wealth of a country is its education. Sport plays a key role in the education of children, and I am proud to have respected universities working together with the IOC.”

Dr. Digel is one of the leading researchers and scholars in the study of elite sport. He is also the current president of the German Track and Field Federation and associate vice-president of the National Olympic Committee for Germany.

Professor Telama is the author of over 100 publications on the psychological perspective of youth. In addition, he has been the leading researcher on youth sport and lifestyle in England, Germany, Belgium, and Finland.

The IOC President’s Prize was created in the late 1970s with the aim of improving sport science and pedagogy. The sponsoring organisation, AIESEP, is now joined with the IOC Presidency in helping perpetuate research. Two prizes are awarded every four years, one with a theme (selected by the IOC President), and the other without a chosen theme. On this occasion, the theme was Sport Education. The prize is worth US$ 10,000 split among the winners.
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