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June 21, 2013
AIPS Power of Sport and Fair Play Awards in Lausanne

by Roslyn Morris, AIPS Secretary General
LAUSANNE, June 21, 2013 - The International Sports Press Association will host the third edition of its Power of Sport and Fair Play Awards at a gala ceremony set for June 30 at 6.30pm at the Palace Hotel, Lausanne.

Inspired by the words of the great Nelson Mandela who at the very first Laureus World Sport Awards gala in Monaco in 2000 said: “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to unite in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport cancrate hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination,” the AIPS Power of Sport Award will recognise three very special people who through sport have made an impact on the world, their countries and their immediate communities.

Three AIPS Power of Sport trophies will be presented at the World Fair Play Awards gala ceremony in Lausanne. AIPS will also recognise three acts of Fair Play.

Joining AIPS as partners of the event is the World Lottery Association, the City of Lausanne and Canton de Vaud.

“Sport is a vehicle for peace and understanding. As journalists we see countless examples of men and women who have made a positive and lasting impact on their society through sport. This year's AIPS Power of Sport Awards will honour three of sport's most high profile people," said AIPS President Gianni Merlo.

The AIPS Power of Sport trophies have been made available by AIPS platinum partner Chinese sports brand merchandising and specialist Olympic products licensing company HONAV. Each trophy is an individual work of art by Spanish artist Rosa Serra and is part of the Olympic Suite which was unveiled by the IOC President Jacques Rogge and the artist during the Guangzhou Asian Games 2010.
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