It has been announced that the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) is among the winners of the 2017 H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Awards. In the category of “International Organisation Award”, Summer Olympic International Federations (IFs) were invited to apply detailing impactful initiatives or programmes that have had a major effect in empowering women in sports.
UCI were awarded the prize for implementing their Women’s Cycling Strategy through a range of projects aimed at developing the role of women at “field of play” as well as at governance and administration levels. These include the setting up of the UCI Women’s WorldTour in 2016 with the aim of making it the most influential series in women’s road cycling. The strategy also targets developing the role of women throughout governance and administration within cycling and the UCI in particular. It also promotes the participation of women of all ages and all levels in cycling so as to facilitate the establishment of a financially sustainable professional sport for women.
On the occasion of today’s announcement ASOIF President, Francesco Ricci Bitti, said: “Women should be able to shine on the field of play and bring their important skill set and perspective into our organisational structures just like men. A lot has been accomplished in this regard during recent years but we still need to go further to achieve full parity. Strategies like UCI’s are important to get us there and I would like to congratulate them on their well-deserved award. Thank you to everyone involved in the organisation of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award for recognising IF best practice.”
UCI President David Lappartient said: “The Union Cycliste Internationale is very honoured to have been awarded the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award for its strategy to develop women’s cycling. The UCI Women's WorldTour embodies the commitment of our Federation to promote parity between male and female cyclists. Following the introduction of gender equality for prize money at all UCI World Championships, the UCI aims to continue the promotion of women's cycling not only at a professional level – including sporting, training and governance, but also in relation to Cycling for All.”
The official award ceremony will take place in Dubai on 10 January 2018 and will also be attended by the ASOIF President, Francesco Ricci Bitti.
About the award
The international category of the Creative Sports Award has been open to the Summer Olympic IFs since 2013. It was established to celebrate and encourage initiatives, projects and programmes that demonstrate outstanding creativity and contribute to the enrichment of sport.
Each year ASOIF members can submit one entry for the award with each submission examined in relation to the award criteria by a group of referees appointed by the Award’s Board of Trustees. The winning IF is presented with a US$250,000 prize for use in its development activities. Previous winners were FIFA (Football), FIH (Hockey), IJF (Judo) and BWF (Badminton).