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18 Oct 2006
Olympic News

Nawal El Moutawakel in the Hall of Fame

International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Nawal El Moutawakel was honoured by the Women’s Sports Foundation on Monday during induction ceremonies at the Foundation’s 27th Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. El Moutawakel was one of four superior athletes and coaches selected this year to take their place among the best in women’s sport as inductees to the Women’s Sports Foundation International Women’s Hall of Fame.
“It is a real honour to receive this award and to have my dedication and passion of sport and my country heard,” said El Moutawakel.  “I thank the Women’s Sports Foundation for this recognition and applaud their mission to support girls’ sports participation everywhere.” 
Selections are made from around the world and are based on achievements, breakthroughs, innovative style and ongoing commitment to the development of women’s sport. 
Gold in Los Angeles
By winning gold in the 400m hurdles at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984, El Moutawakel became the first woman from an Islamic nation to win an Olympic medal and the first Moroccan athlete of either sex to win a gold medal.  El Moutawakel took the world by surprise as she won the new Olympic event by almost ten metres in 54.61 seconds.
Commitment to the Development of Women’s Sport
After her competitive career, El Moutawakel has made it a priority to keep herself involved in the development of sport and participates as a board member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (1995-present), as well as many other committees and associations. In 2003, the Women’s Sports Foundation awarded her the Flo Hyman Award. In addition to her IOC membership, El Moutawakel was chairperson of the IOC Evaluation Commission for the 2012 Olympic Games and is now a member of the IOC Coordination Commission for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The Women’s Sport Foundation
Founded in 1974 by Billie Jean King, the Women’s Sports Foundation is a national charitable educational organisation seeking to advance the lives of girls and women through sport and physical activity. The Foundation’s Participation, Education, Advocacy, Research and Leadership Programmes are made possible by gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations. More information at:


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