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Fair Play Awards returns at the Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games

Press release: The Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games’ Organizing Committee, the International University Sports Federation (FISU), and the International Fair Play Committee (CIFP) are thrilled to announce the return of the highly anticipated Fair Play awards for #LakePlacid2023. 

CIFP is an IOC and UNESCO-recognized organization established in 1963 in Paris, thus celebrating its 60th year anniversary. Its mission is to spread ideals of fair play via recognizing exceptional acts of sportsmanship as well as developing and promoting educational problems emphasizing these values.  

FISU Acting President Leonz Eder said: “In partnership with CIFP, FISU welcomes the return of the Fair Play awards to the World University Games, following the difficult Covid period, and a forced pause. We are very excited to see the candidates that will emerge from all the nominations we expect to receive from our spectators, athletes and coaches among others.”  

Ashley Walden, executive director of the Adirondack Sports Council, the Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games’ Organizing Committee added: “Lake Placid presents a unique setting for the Fair Play Awards. Exceptional sporting acts of the past that were witnessed here, such as the Miracle on Ice hockey game or Eric Heiden’s 5 Olympic speed skating gold medals, provide an exceptional backdrop for the stellar performances we expect to see, and for those with the utmost respect for fair play.”  

On behalf of CIFP President, five times a FISU World University Games fencing medalist fencer, Dr. Jenő Kamuti: “The World University Games are in the center of my heart. I have many beautiful memories from my time as a competitor and later as a sport official. Therefore, I am particularly happy and grateful to FISU for promoting fair play at such a high level.” 

The Honorable Sunil Sabharwal, CIFP Secretary General, will be present, and he said: “With most athletes competing here being still students, keeping the ‘Fair Play’ ethos alive with such a contest has true value in facilitating to identify emerging role models who, with their acts of sportsmanship, will positively affect scores of athletes, coaches, spectators and beyond.” 

Nominations of exceptional acts of fair play, sportsmanship, kindness (on and off the field) can be submitted by anyone via the following channels:  

E-mail: LP2023@fairplayinternational.org 

Instagram: @fairplayinaction 

Facebook: facebook.com/internationalfairplay 

After a review by a jury, the winner is expected to be announced at the Closing Ceremonies on Sunday, January 22. 

Photo: FISU