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The International Fair Play Committee’s (CIFP) “World Fair Play Awards” event took place in the splendid setting of the Egmont Palace in Brussels, Belgium over the weekend. This was the 54th year CIFP presented its awards.

Last night’s celebrated winner of the Jean Borotra Trophy was Comte Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) between 2001 – 2013, currently its Honorary President. Upon receiving the award, a visibly emotional Jacques Rogge stated, “There are two phrases that I have always disliked. Nice guys finish last and that Winning in sport is not the most important thing, but the only thing”. He also praised the work of the CIFP and called for the intensification of its efforts.

CIFP President Kamuti and Jacques Rogge

CIFP President Jenő Kamuti congratulates to IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge

The 200 + gala attendees included Belgium’s First Deputy Prime Minister Didiers Reynders. A highly emotive, personalized video message by Dr Thomas Bach, current IOC President was also shared. The award event was jointly organized with Panathlon Wallonie-Bruxelles. 

At its Council meeting the following day, CIFP also admitted two new Members:
HSH The Princess Nora of Lichtenstein and Mr David C. Ulich, President of the Foundation for Global Sports Development. The CIFP Council also decided to re-name its Youth Fair Play award that it had been awarding since 2012 to the “Jacques Rogge Fair Play Trophy for The Youth” award.

CIFP is an IOC-recognized organization created in 1963 to promote the ideals of fair play on the sports field and beyond. CIFP recognizes winners in four categories: the Pierre de Coubertin Trophy for an Act of Fair Play, the Jean Borotra Trophy for a Career of Fair Play, the Willi Daume Trophy for Promotion of Fair Play, and the recently added Fair Play Trophy for the Youth. Apart from its traditional award events, it promotes educational initiatives aimed at the youth, including at the Youth Olympic Games and the FISU World University Games. For further information please contact www.fairplayinternational.org or secretarygeneral@fairplayinternational.org