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27 Nov 2018

UWW crowned winner of 2018 Creative Sports Award

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It was announced yesterday that United World Wrestling (UWW) is among the winners of the 2018 H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Awards. In the category of the best initiative of the Summer Olympic International Federations (IFs), ASOIF member federations were asked to apply with impactful projects that help empower youth in sports.

UWW 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 this 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), which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, last month.

On the occasion of yesterday’s announcement, ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “Sport development lays the foundation for participation and excellence. UWW’s project is exemplary in integrating important educational elements into training for young athletes and I would like to congratulate them to 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 in such a generous way.”

UWW President Nenad Lalovic said: “We are very grateful for this recognition and see it as a sign that our hard work in reaching young athletes is having a positive effect. The MBR Creative Sports Award will go far in helping expand the reach of our development department.”

The official award ceremony will take place in Dubai on 9 January 2019.


About the award

Since 2013, Summer Olympic IFs have been invited to participate in the Creative Sports Award. It is designed 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.

Last year, UCI took the award for implementing their Women’s Cycling Strategy through a range of projects, intended at developing the role of women at sporting as well as at governance level. Other previous winners include BWF, IJF, FIH and FIFA.

The application phase for the 2019 H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Creative Sports Award is scheduled to open in April 2019.