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OLYMPIC REVIEW13For the second year running, the OlympicDay celebration in Lausanne included thepresentation of the IOC's 2011 Womenand Sport Awards. One world trophy andfive continental trophies were presented to remarkable individuals, as well as oneorganisation, all of whom have made an outstanding effort to enhance theparticipation, development andinvolvement of women and girls in the sporting arena.The world trophy was awarded toformer marathon world record-holderTegla Loroupe from Kenya. Loroupe, whowas the first African woman to win theNew York marathon, founded and headsthe Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation,which educates, empowers and givesopportunities to women and communitiesin conflict. She has organised numerouspeace races for warring communities withthe aim of building trust and breakingdown stereotypes, with increasingnumbers of women and girls taking part.The Foundation has also createdopportunities for women and girls to betrained and coached for both local andinternational sport.The other winners at the 2011Women and Sport Award trophies wereNadouvi Lawson Body, from Togo (IOCTrophy for Africa); the Women and Sport Commission of the EcuadorianOlympic Committee (IOC Trophy for theAmericas); Narin Hajtass from Jordan (IOC Trophy for Asia); Sema Kasapoglufrom Turkey (IOC Trophy for Europe); andDaphne Pirie from Australia (IOC Trophyfor Oceania).All the winners were recognised fortheir roles in getting more women involvedin sport as athletes, administrators,leaders and as members of the media.The OlympicMovement hasunited in support ofJapan's sportingcommunity since theearthquake andtsunami devastatedparts of the country earlier this year. Adedicated working group has been jointlyset up by the IOC and the Olympic Councilof Asia (OCA) to look into ways to lendsupport. Led by IOC Vice-President SerMiang Ng, who travelled to Japan shortlyafter the event, and composed of IOCmembers HRH Prince Faisal Al Husseinand Rita Subowo, the group has met theNational Olympic Committee of Japan(JOC) on a number of occasions and hasstarted to coordinate the OlympicMovement's actions with respect to thisdifficult and complex situation. Joint IOC/OCA financial aid has alsobeen allocated to the JOC, which willadminister and distribute the funds toprojects that use sport as a vehicle tobring relief and hope to the Japanesepopulation. Initiatives include "Light theSpirit Within" and "The Olympians' Visit"."The Olympians' Visit" will take well-known Olympians to Japan in October,when they will participate in a sportsfestival in Tokyo. The Olympic role modelswill also visit schools in the affected areasand participate in sports programmes thataim to bring joy and hope to local students. "Light the Spirit Within" will also targetthe next generation by bringing youngpeople living in the affected areas to theWinter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruckin January 2012, and to the SoutheastAsian Games (SEA) in Indonesia inNovember 2011. Both initiatives aim togive these young people, whose lives wereturned upside down overnight, the feelingthat they are not forgotten. WOMENTAKECENTRESTAGEONOLYMPICDAYOLYMPICMOVEMENTUNITEDTOSUPPORT JAPANIOC SESSIONSEESLINDBERGRETURNTOEB IYVMARKS 10THANNIVERSARYThe 123rd IOC Session inDurban in July saw theelection of three new membersand the return of GunillaLindberg to the IOC ExecutiveBoard (EB). Lindberg waselected to replace GerhardHeiberg, who had reached theend of his term. Lindberg has been an IOC membersince 1996 and first servedon the Board from2000 to 2004. The Session also re-elected SirPhilip Craven as an IOC member, and elected threenew IOC members: José Perurena López (Spain)from the International Canoe Federation, individualmember Gerardo Werthein (Argentina) and activeathlete Barbara Kendall (New Zealand). Six currentmembers who end their terms of office at the endof 2011 were granted Honorary Member status asof 1 January 2012: Phillip Walter Coles, ChiharuIgaya, Shun-ichiro Okano, Arne Ljungqvist, AntunVrdoljak and Lassana Palenfo.Volunteers have long been an integral part ofstaging the Olympic Games and the crucial rolethat volunteers play throughout the world is beinghighlighted in 2011, which marks the 10thanniversary of the International Year of Volunteers(IYV). With one year to go until the London 2012Olympic Games, more than 250,000 people have signed up to volunteer.Above left IOC President JacquesRogge visited Japan in July Below One world trophy and fivecontinental trophies were presented Above EB member Gunilla Lindberg