She received it thanks to her efforts promoting the development of women in sports.
Marathoning icon Tegla Loroupe from Kenya received the prestigious IOC World Trophy at a ceremony held in Lausanne, Switzerland on Thursday. Loroupe is the former world-record holder in the marathon. According to a report on the IAAF Web site, she was given the award due to her efforts to “enhance the participation, development and involvement of women and young girls in the sporting arena.”
According to an IOC profile on her, Loroupe “may come from a humble background, but today [she] is an international sports icon, an inspirational role model for women not only in her country, but also [for] the world, it is an achievement she managed through humility, patience, hard work and team spirit.”
Loroupe is the founder and president of the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation, which seeks a “peaceful, prosperous and just world in which sport is a unifying factor.”
Present at the ceremony were IOC President Jacques Rogge, Anita DeFrantz, IOC member and Chairperson of the IOC Women and Sport Commission, and the members of the IOC Women and Sport Commission.
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