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Celebrating sporting spirit and fair play at Tokyo 2020 

The International Fair Play Committee (CIFP) will once again present the Fair Play award upon the conclusion of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, to honour extraordinary acts of sportsmanship during the Games.


The CIFP has opened nominations for the Fair Play award and entries are invited from National Olympic Committees, International Federations, athletes themselves as well as the public watching the Games around the world. Nominations can be submitted through the CIFP website and social media channels. 

The CIFP has been recognising extraordinary acts of sportsmanship at the Olympics since Beijing 2008. At Rio 2016, Abbey D’Agostino and Nikki Hamblin received the award for helping each other up during the 5000m qualifying run, following online public voting organized by the CIFP. Their show of solidarity and sporting spirit was widely celebrated as “one of the most beautiful moments” of Rio 2016. 

A jury composed of representatives of CIFP, IOC, athletes and the media will make the final decision, based on a shortlist derived from the public voting. The winner will be announced shortly after the conclusion of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. 

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “Sport teaches us to aspire for excellence in all our activities; living in peace, friendship and solidarity with our neighbours; to respect ourselves and others and to live by the spirit of fair-play in everything we do. Sport is about more than just competition. It is always about the values of sport and the carrying these ideals into the world. This is what we have seen here at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.” 

“There is no sport without “fair play”, says CIFP President Dr Jeno Kamuti, himself a previous award-winner. “We are extremely pleased to be working again with the IOC on this very important topic and award! I encourage all members of the Olympic Movement, ANOC, GAISF, the IFs, NOCs, judges, athletes, coaches, media and others to raise the awareness of these incredible acts of sportsmanship by engaging in this effort actively.” 

Sunil Sabharwal, CIFP Secretary General adds, “It is a real honor for us to be able to launch these awards during such challenging times. It shows our common resolve to recognize what’s truly important, what matters. As we speak, we already have some exciting nominations, and the work is cut out for the Jury. We are very pleased to collaborate on this with the IOC and the host City of Tokyo! 

For further information, visit www.fairplayinternational.org and submit your nominations via the following channels:

e-mail to fairplaytokyo@fairplayinternational.org, or any of our social media channels below:

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CIFP is an IOC-recognized organization created in 1963 to promote the ideals of fair play on the sports field and beyond. Apart from its traditional award events, it promotes educational initiatives aimed at educating the youth worldwide.