©Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award
During a dedicated ceremony held in Dubai on 9 January 2019, United World Wrestling (UWW) received the H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award in the category of the best initiative of the Summer Olympic International Federations (IFs). The 2018 edition sought to recognise the most impactful initiative to empower youth in sports and the award comes with a US$250,000 prize for use in development activities.
UWW President Nendad Lalovic accepted the award on behalf of his organisation, which was recognised for its innovative project “More than Medals”, the first cornerstone of the IF’s new wrestling development plan. Five camps conducted between February and July last year, targeted more than 200 young elite athletes and combined high-quality training with education on important topics such as anti-doping, nutrition, training plan and the IOC’s Athlete Career Programme. The educational part also included the athletes’ entourage. Organised on all continents, the camps also served to prepare wrestlers to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG), held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in October 2018.
While attending the ceremony, ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “ASOIF is very thankful to H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his recognition of outstanding activities of sports federations in such a generous way for the sixth consecutive year. Sport development and youth promotion go hand in hand and they are the most important fields for IFs to invest in. UWW’s project is exemplary in integrating essential educational elements into training for young athletes and UWW fully deserves this prestigious award.”
UWW President Nenad Lalovic said: “On behalf of the wrestling family worldwide, UWW is highly honoured to receive this award for the development programme ‘More than Medals 2018’ dedicated to the support and empowerment of the future generations. We reiterate our appreciation to H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his great initiative to support sports development.”
The application phase for the 2019 H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award is scheduled to open in April 2019.