The International Fair Play Committee (CIFP) awarded on Saturday Turkish jockey Erhan Yavuz the Pierre de Coubertin World Trophy at a ceremony in Budapest, Hungary.
Yavuz won the Pierre de Coubertin World Trophy, the highest award possible for an athlete or team for an act of fair play, at the two-day World Fair Play Awards. This was the first time the trophy, named after Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, had been given to a jockey.
After receiving his award, Yavuz, expressing his gratitude to the CIFP, said in his address, “I have fulfilled my duties, like any athlete, with a good conscience.” The CIFP, established by UNESCO and a number of international sports councils in Paris in 1963, aims to defend and promote fair play around the world. In order to recognize acts of fair play, the CIFP annually awards fair play prizes to athletes who have proven to be excellent ambassadors of fair play.