Irina Karavaeva awarded CIFP Fair-Play Diploma

Koichiro Matuura, UNESCO General DirectorParis, January 13, 2003          Česky

Each year, the International Committee for Fair Play (CIFP) awards trophies to those who have honoured sports practise by their exemplary conduct.

The FIG, Trampoline and, most importantly, Olympic and All-around World Champion Irina Karavaeva (RUS) figures among recipients for the 2002 edition.

Irina Karavaeva (RUS)A human error in transmitting a score was at the root of Irina’s courtesy. ‘Unjustly’ named world champion, the gymnast spontaneously and in good sportsmanship gave up her title.
Her attitude has already earned honours from the International Olympic Committee, who awarded her a medal of gratitude.

The CIFP and its President Jeno Kamuti has also emphasised and rewarded this exemplary act by awarding 2002’s trophy to the Russian champion.

The ceremony took place in UNESCO’s reception rooms in Paris, in the presence of its General Director, Koichiro Matsuura; International Olympic Committee President, Jacques Rogge; United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan and its specialised Advisor for sports, development and peace, Adolf Ogi.

Clearly moved by the honour given her, Irina Karavaeva related with modesty that her act was a matter of pure justice and that it should inspire the entire international sports community.