At its meetings from 28 to 30 April, the IOCExecutive Board decidedto withdraw the medalsand diplomas won byChinese gymnast Dong Fangxiao at the Sydney Games in 2000. The ExecutiveBoard is following thedecision taken by theInternational GymnasticsFederation (FIG) lastFebruary to cancel allthe results obtained bythis gymnast as aconsequence of violatingthe FIG Statutes andRegulations. Furthermore, the IOCannounced that Polish cross-countryskier Kornelia Marekhad committed an Anti-Doping Rulesviolation at the 2010Olympic Winter Gamesin Vancouver. The IOC DisciplinaryCommission set up tostudy this case issuedsanctions against thisathlete. The EB meetsnext in Lausanne on 22and 23 June and willselect the CandidateCities for hosting theOlympic Winter Gamesin 2018. The currentApplicant Cities are:Munich (Germany),Annecy (France), andPyeongChang (Republicof Korea). (Cities arelisted in the order ofdrawing of lots.)WORLD TROPHYERICA TERPSTRA(THE NETHERLANDS) Her courage, personality and dedication to thecause of women make Erica Terpstra a role modelfor many women in the world. Twice an Olympicswimming medallist, participating in Rome in 1960and Tokyo in 1964, her term of office as Presidentof the Netherlands Olympic Committee has justcome to an end. She has also been a boardmember of the Olympic Truce Foundation and amember of the Executive Committee of theEuropean Olympic Committees. Throughout hercareer, Ms Terpstra has supported initiativestargeting disadvantaged communities and peoplewith disabilities in and outside the Netherlands, and she has always highlighted the challenges andachievements of girls and women in particular.AFRICAGERMAINE MANGUET(GUINEA)Few people have made agreater recent contribution to the cause of women inAfrican sport than GermaineManguet, Chairperson of the Women and SportCommission of the NOC ofGuinea and Vice-President of the GuineanVolleyball Federation. As Minister of SocialAffairs and Promotion of Women and Children of Guinea in 2008 and in 2009, she played animportant role in the promotion of women.AMERICASLESLIE MCDONALD(CANADA) Leslie McDonald, Honorary President of the International TriathlonUnion (ITU), was the drivingforce behind the introductionof triathlon to the OlympicGames, but his tirelessefforts on behalf of women in triathlon are lesswell documented. In 1975, after his daughterwas denied entry to a race, McDonald created a10km race in Vancouver exclusively for women.He established the first triathlon in Canada tohave equal rewards for men and women, whichis a fundamental principle of the ITU today.ASIAYUKO ARIMORI (JAPAN)Yuko Arimori became the first Japanese woman to winan Olympic track and fieldmedal for 64 years when shefinished second in the 1992marathon. She won bronzefour years later, and sincethen she has campaigned ceaselessly forwomen in sport. Among other projects, she isfounder and director of Hearts of Gold, an NGOthat assists victims of disasters and helps peoplein war-torn areas become self-sufficient.EUROPEGRETE WAITZ (NORWAY)Grete Waitz is a marathonWorld Championship goldmedallist, as well as being awinner of the New YorkMarathon nine times. Hercontribution to women's sportsince those days is no lessimpressive. A board member of the NorwegianNOC, she founded the Grete Waitz Run in Oslo forwomen and girls, and is Chairperson of the NewYork Road Runners Foundation, which facilitatesphysical activity for schoolgirls and boys.OCEANIASUSAN SIMCOCK (NEW ZEALAND)Known as the "Queen ofSport" in New Zealand, SusieSimcock was the first womanto be elected President of theWorld Squash Federation(WSF) and the first to beelected as a council memberof the General Association of International SportsFederations, known today as SportAccord. She isalso Chairperson of the Women and SportCommittee for the New Zealand NOC.2010WOMENAND SPORTAWARDSOLYMPIC REVIEW11EXECUTIVEBOARDThe 2010 IOC Women and Sport Awards falling on Olympic Day on 23 June could hardly be moreappropriate. Olympic Day was introduced in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern OlympicGames, on 23 June 1894. Its aim is to promote participation in sport across the globe, regardless ofage, athletic ability or gender, and these awards are testament to how far the Olympic Movement hascome since then in the field of gender equality. This year, more than 40 per cent of the athletes takingpart in Vancouver 2010 were women, a new record for women's participation in the Olympic WinterGames. Last year, women's boxing was added to the Olympic programme for London 2012, making all summer Olympic sports now open to both men and women.