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Letesenbet Gidey Won 2023 International Fair Play Award

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Ethiopia’s world 10,000m silver medallist Letesenbet Gidey has been named winner of the International Fair Play Award as part of the World Athletics Awards 2023.
Following nominations from fans, members of the International Fair Play Committee (CIFP) and World Athletics formed a jury to decide on a shortlist of fair play moments. Fans were then asked to vote via World Athletics’ social media platforms for the moment that they felt best exemplified fair play.
Gidey’s fair play moment occurred at the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23. After securing silver in the women’s 10,000m, Gidey went back to comfort Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan after Hassan’s dramatic fall on the home straight.
Gidey was presented with her award during a virtual meeting with Sunil Sabharwal, CIFP Secretary General and World Athletics Executive Board Member.
“I am really honoured and pleased to present you with this year’s special fair play trophy,” said Sabharwal. “Congratulations once again for your wonderful achievements this year, both on the track but also beyond that, helping your fellow athletes.”
“When Sifan fell, my heart was broken. I know the feeling of falling,” said Gidey. “When people are happy, I’m happy. I feel sad when they’re sad.
“I am happy to receive the Fair Play Award 2023. Thank you.”
The CIFP was established 60 years ago to promote the principles of fair play in sport: fair competition, respect, friendship, team spirit, equality and sport without doping. It honours those who respect the written and unwritten rules of sport, which include integrity, solidarity, tolerance, care, excellence and joy, and who set an example for others, on and off the field. The CIFP’s first collaboration with World Athletics dates back to the 2003 World Athletics Championships in Paris. Eleven awards have been handed out since then.

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