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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
20-10-2003 6:00 pm Hereditary Prince Albert of Monaco and UNESCO’s Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will receive the “Distinctions mondiales de l’humanisme sportif” (humanism in sports world awards), on October 23 at UNESCO Headquarters (3.30 pm) from the President of the jury Albert Begards. They were awarded the distinctions last June in Nice during the AJS EUR’Altus event, for their commitment in favour of sports.

Awarded by a group of sports associations*, the humanism in sports world awards (DMHS), are given every three years to five people or organizations distinguished by their humanistic quality, whose actions, attitude and stand are recognized as being of public utility, in sports, arts and letters, science, economics and politics.

Prince Albert of Monaco is receiving an award in the “Fraternity” category, which recognizes solidarity and commitment. President of the Monaco Olympic Committee since 1994, he is active in many actions carried out by the International Olympic Committee and by different United Nations agencies to combat drug-use and doping in sports, and to promote health and education.

The award in the “Equality” category, recognizing the spirit of justice and tolerance, is attributed to Mr Matsuura in particular for his promotion of an International Convention Against Doping in Sport, which UNESCO has just been asked to elaborate.

This year’s five laureates are Koïchiro Matsuura; Prince Albert Grimaldi; the “Togolese champion of the century” Horacio Freitas, the French association Verticale Pôle and American singer Ray Charles. Previous laureates include former South African President Nelson Mandela, Malian astrophysicist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Cheikh Modibo Diarra, and French athlete and pianist Micheline Ostermeyer.

*Association internationale du panache, Sport for Peace, Black Stars International, Association française pour un sport sans violence et pour le fair play, Association des journalistes sportifs, Association internationale de la presse sportive.

Journalists wishing to attend the award ceremony are kindly requested to sign up with the Press Service, tel. +33 (0)1 45 68 17 47.

Source Media advisory No 2003 - 84


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