NOC leaders among winners of 2019 IOC Women and Sport Awards

National Olympic Committee (NOC) leaders and Commissions were among the six role models and change-makers awarded for advancing women and girls in and through sport during a special ceremony held in partnership between the IOC and the UN.

Vice-President of the Togo National Olympic Committee, Djatougbe “Nathalie” Noameshie; the Costa Rican NOC’s Women and Sport Commission; and member of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) Gender Equality in Sport Commission, Morana Palikovic Gruden, all received Continental trophies at the 2019 IOC Women and Sport Awards.

Noameshie was the winner for Africa and was recognised for having climbed the sporting leadership ladder and for working actively to improve girls’ and women’s participation in sport nationally, at all levels – from grassroots to sporting administration.

The Costa Rican NOC’s Women and Sport Commission was the winner for the Americas and won the award for the work it has done to encourage the integration of women in sport over the last 10 years. The Commission has increased participation numbers, and has lobbied for the creation of legal frameworks that recognise gender-based social issues and offer aid for women.

Gruden was the winner for Europe and was recognised for the pivotal role she has played in increasing the number of women holding managerial positions at European, national and local sports association level.

Saada Al-Ismaili from Oman was the winner for Asia having successfully designed and efficiently implemented plans and programmes aimed at promoting girls’ and women’s sport throughout the regions and governates of the Sultanate of Oman. The Vanuatu Volleyball Federation – who have used the power of sport to prompt social change, shift attitudes and encourage active living for women – was the winner for Oceania.

The World Trophy was awarded to International baseball umpire from Chinese Taipei Ms Po Chun Liu for her staunch advocacy for female empowerment through sport. Liu has umpired internationally and made Forbes’ 2018 list of the “Most Powerful Women in International Sports”.

The ceremony was held on the occasion of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at he UN headquarters in New York.

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