IOC WOMEN AND SPORT TROPHY AWARDS
Lausanne, 21 February 2000 - The IOC Women and Sport Working Group has selected the winners of the 2000 IOC Women and Sport Trophies. In the framework of its policy to consistently promote the advancement of women in sport at all levels, the IOC decided to award annually a Women and Sport Trophy to a woman, a man and/or an institution, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to develop, encourage and strengthen the participation of women and girls in sport in the field of play, in the coaching sphere, as well as in administrative and leadership structures at national, regional and/or international level. One world trophy and five continental trophies and will be awarded each year, upon nomination by the National Olympic Committees or International Sports Federations.
WORLD: International Basketball Federation (FIBA) - The World Trophy was awarded to FIBA in recognition of its truly exceptional contribution to the development of women’s sport and advancement of women in leadership. The first European Women’s Championships were organized in 1938 and have been held at two-year intervals ever since. The first Women’s World Championships were organized in 1953. In 1976 women’s basketball events became part of the Olympic programme and by 1996 the number of teams had reached a total of twelve, equalling the number of men’s teams. Over the years, FIBA has organized numerous tournaments world-wide including competitions for young girls and disabled athletes. FIBA also made special efforts to include more women in leadership positions and decided to enlarge the number of its Central Board to include 5 women representative of the 5 geographical zones.
AFRICA: Lesotho Women in Sport Committee - It launched a successful awareness-raising campaign in 1998 throughout the country’s rural areas, in schools and in the communities, to promote physical activity and traditional sports for girls and women, and encourage women to take leadership positions in national sports organizations. As a result women’s football teams were created and girls’ sports clubs gained exposure and were able to take part in international competitions. Women were also coopted in the National Olympic Committee of Lesotho and in other organizations. The Committee is currently developing educational programmes for girls and women.
AMERICAS: The Women’s Sports Foundation (USA) - A non-governmental American educational organization founded in 1974, it is considered the premier organization in the USA promoting all sports and serving girls and women of all ages and skill levels. It provides increased carrier opportunities for girls and women in sport and fitness through education, advocacy, recognition and grant programmes.Since its inception, the Foundation has been led by champion female athlete Presidents, many of whom have been Olympians.
ASIA: Chinese National Women’s Football Team - It has won over 20 titles in national, regional and international championships since it was created in 1980. It was among the eight teams which took part in the first female football tournament in Olympic history at the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996 where it won the silver medal. It was also silver medallist in the first Women Football World Cup in the USA in 1999. Through its glorious achievements, self-confidence and self-fulfilment, the Team has served as an outstanding example of sporting excellence to all Chinese women athletes.
EUROPE: Mrs Nucci Novi Ceppellini (Italy) - An active sailor in offshore racing and a long term supporter of women’s involvement in sport, Mrs Ceppellini was the first woman to become a vice-president of the International Sailing Federation’s Executive Committee and Council. Thanks to her relentless efforts, additional sailing events for women were included in the Olympic programme. Mrs Ceppellini initiated the first ISAF Women’s Seminar and organized the first ISAF Women’s World Match Racing Championships in October 1999.
OCEANIA: Hillary Commission for Sport, Fitness and Leisure (New Zealand) - The Hillary Commission is the public funding agency that supports sport and active leisure in New Zealand. Since 1988, it has take a significant leadership role in developing, encouraging and strengthening participation of women and girls in all areas of sport in New Zealand. The Hillary Commission’s Winning Women strategy was launched in 1995, its public face being the Winning Women Charter which sets down the rights of New Zealand women in sport and active leisure. On the basis of this document numerous programmes, training opportunities, workshops and initiatives were launched on international, national, regional and community level. Key policy documents, such as a Harassment-Free Sport or a National Youth Sport policy were launched by the Commission.
The award ceremony will take place on 6 March 2000 in Paris at the IOC Second World Conference on Women and Sport in the presence of t