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Al Mana Sports Right Activist of Qatar honoured by IOC

Jul 3, 2013 12:00 IST

International Olympic CommitteeThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 1 July 2013 honoured six women for their outstanding contributions to the development of women’s participation in sport and its administration at Lausanne.

Ahlam Salem Mubarak Al Mana was honoured with Annual World Trophy for her work as President of the Qatar Women's Sport Committee. Al Mana as the sports administrator helped Qatar to send its first female athletes to the Olympics with top award for women in sports.

Ahlam was honoured as the pioneer for women’s right in Qatar by the IOC as Ahlam has played a major role in popularizing sports among schoolgirls in the Gulf nation. Al Mana played an integral role in the participation of four Qatari female athletes at London Olympics 2012 – first time participation of Qatar women in its history. This was the first time, when Qatar sent women athletes to the games. Women from five continents also received awards for promoting gender equality.

Five Continental trophies were awarded to

• Dj Saran Camara (Guniea, Africa)
• Marlene Bjornsrud (US, Americas)
• Boossaba Yodbangtoey (Thailand, Asia)
• Ona Baboniene (Lithuania, Europe)
• Catherine Alice Wong (Fiji, Oceania)

About Annual World Trophy of IOC

The International Olymipic Committee (IOC) Annual trophy was established by the IOC in 1985 in order to promote the teaching of Olympism. Every year the IOC Executive Board selects a different theme.  The selection of the recipient and the awarding of the trophy are entrusted to the National Olympic Committee to recognise a person or institution of their choice.

Jacques Rogge is the President of International Olympics Committee.

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