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8 March 2008 marks International Women’s Day and the kick-off of the 4th IOC World Conference on Women and Sport in Jordan. During the Opening Ceremony, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will reveal the winners of the 2008 IOC Women and Sport Award.

IOC’s 2008 Women and Sport Award
IOC President Jacques Rogge will thus announce the six recipients, one for each continent and one at world level. Each of them has made outstanding achievements in encouraging, promoting and developing the participation of women and girls at all levels in the sporting world. The 2008 winners were selected by the IOC Women and Sport Commission, chaired by IOC member Anita DeFrantz, from 70 candidatures submitted by the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and International Olympic Sports Federations (IFs). The 2007 World Trophy went to the first female Jamaican Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, acknowledging her outstanding dedication to promoting women’s activities in Jamaican sport – both as athletes and as administrators.

4th IOC World Conference on Women and Sport
Under the motto “Sport as a vehicle for social change”, the participants of the conference will debate and determine, amongst other subjects, how female athletes can serve as role models for young girls, how more women might take part in coaching and officiating, how to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic through sport, and how culture determines women’s access to sport. Keynote speakers include former top athletes, representatives from governments, businesses, UN agencies, media and academics. The two-day conference is under the patronage of Their Majesties, King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and jointly organised by the IOC and the NOC of Jordan.


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