This year’s ceremony was held at the USA House in the Sochi Olympic Park on February 8, and featured an influential lineup of guests and speakers that includes IOC Vice President and WADA President Sir Craig Reedie and IOC member Dr. Ugur Erdener, at the ceremony representing IOC President Thomas Bach. In addition to the distinguished award, GSD presented Professor Ljungqvist with a $100,000 grant for his own foundation – Professor Arne Ljungqvist Anti-Doping Foundation – to use toward advancing the foundation’s work for clean sport and healthy life style.
GSD’s Humanitarian Award was created in 2010 in an effort to honor and recognize individuals and organizations that work to preserve the values of fair play, sportsmanship and drug-free competition in the world of sports.
“I think this award is hugely important. I think it is impossible to believe that this
award could have ever been given to anybody who is more deserving.“
Sir Craig Reedie, Vice President of IOC and President of WADA
“Over the last 10 years, as Chairman of the IOC Medical Commission, Arne has been one of the most instrumental and influential figures in the fight against doping and the protection of clean athletes.”
Uğur Erdener, IOC Executive Board member representing IOC President Thomas Bach.
“This award was conceived to celebrate individuals that have stepped up to
champion equality and integrity in sport and I can’t think of anyone who’s done more
for the well-being of the global athletic community and the modern Olympics
movement than Professor Arne Ljungqvist.”
Dr. Steven Ungerleider, anti-doping expert and founding trustee of GSD
“Given that it’s an Olympic year, Professor Ljungvist was a natural pick for our
Humanitarian Award. Arne has been on the frontlines of the international clean sports
movement since the early ‘70s and continues to be a thought leader in creating
positive change, regardless of financial or scientific limitations.”
David Ulich, executive board member of GSD
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Previous Humanitarian Award winners include former Olympian Richard W. Pound (2010) whom many have credited with saving the Olympic Movement; and President of the International Paralympic Committee, Sir Philip Craven (2012).
The purpose of the Foundation is to follow Professor Arne Ljungqvist’s legacy in promoting scientific research on anti-doping matters and education for clean sports. The Foundation's purpose ought to be satisfied by initiating research on anti-doping matters in society as well as supporting anti-doping work in national and international sport, within the framework of the Foundation’s own purpose.