Olympics: Male journalist wins ‘Women and Sport’ award

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An Ethiopian journalist became the first man to win an Olympic award aimed at promoting women and sport.

Dagim Zinabu Tekle claimed the honour as the founder of a radio programme designed to encourage women and girls to become more involved in sport “and to pursue their goals and dreams”.

First awarded in 2000 the ‘Women and Sport’ trophy was handed over to Tekle by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach in Lausanne.

Tekle’s programme has invited 12,580 guests – sports leaders, coaches, professionals and sportswomen engaged in local and international women’s sports activities – on it since it was first aired five years ago.

“This has significantly raised awareness among the public of the achievements and success of these women,” said the IOC.