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 Sam Ramsamy Honoured with ANOC’s Lifetime Achievement Award

International Olympic Committee member and veteran sports administrator and anti-apartheid activist, Sam Ramsamy received the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award at the sixth edition of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Awards in Doha last night.  ANOC is the parent body of the National Olympic Committees of countries that participate in the Olympic Games and South Africa is represented by SASCOC on this body.

The Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by the ANOC Secretary General, Gunilla Lindberg, and recognizes Ramsamy’s career that included almost 20 years of campaigning against discrimination in sport as chairman of the South Africa Non-racial Olympic Committee (SANROC).

Speaking from Doha, Ramsamy said, “It is a great honour to receive this award from Gunilla, who I have worked with for many years. We have worked together on Olympism, the development of sport and non-racial issues. We had an uphill struggle to get to where we are, especially regarding Olympism in the Southern part of Africa, which was colonised for a very long time. The IOC helped us tremendously. These efforts helped Africa re-gain its respect and dignity which it enjoys today.”

South Africa received a further award last night with Durban-based Erin Gallagher receiving the Best Female Athlete of African Games Rabat 2019 for Swimming.

IOC Member, Anant Singh who was present at the awards last night said, “I was thrilled to be present to see Sam receive the Lifetime Achievement Award which was a complete surprise for him.  It was also special to see another Durbanite, Erin Gallagher being honoured as well.  I congratulate Sam and Erin on their magnificent and well-deserved achievements.  It was great to be in the audience to witness two South Africans being honoured.”

IOC President, Thomas Bach commented, ““Sam is one of the most accomplished sports administrators who we are fortunate to have in the IOC.  As a stalwart of sport in South Africa, he has also been a friend of sports movements around the world and has done a great deal for the development of sport.  He was instrumental in motivating the re-admission of South Africa into the IOC in the post-apartheid era. This Lifetime Achievement Award is well deserved.”

Photo material:  ANOC Secretary General, Gunilla Lindberg presents Sam Ramsamy with the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Doha. (Click to download).

 

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18 October 2019


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