World Athletics is delighted to announce the finalists for the International Fair Play Award, which will be celebrated as part of the World Athletics Awards 2023. Last month, World Athletics invited fans to vote on social media for the moment that best exemplifies fair play this year.
Following this vote, the social media results were combined with the judges’ votes to determine the following three finalists:
Kenya’s Daniel Ebenyo, in first place in the closing stages of the men’s half marathon at the World Athletics Road Championships in Riga 23, salutes his teammate Sebastian Sawe, who overtook him to win the gold.
After securing silver in the women’s 10,000m at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest 23, Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey returned to console Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands after Hassan’s dramatic fall at the finish line.
After finishing eighth in the 10,000m final at the 23rd World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Britain’s Jessica Warner-Judd was the only athlete to wait and shake hands with the last runner who finished the race well behind the rest of the field.
Based on fan nominations, members of the International Committee of Fair Play (CIFP) and World Athletics formed a jury that decided on narrower selection of moments. It was from this six-member shortlist that the above-mentioned three moments were confirmed as finalists.
CIFP was founded 60 years ago to promote the principles of fair play in sport: fair competition, respect, friendship, team spirit, equality and sport without doping. It recognizes those who respect the written and unwritten rules of the sport, including integrity, solidarity, tolerance, care, excellence and joy, and who set an example for others on and off the field. CIFP’s first collaboration with World Athletics dates back to 2003, when the World Athletics Championships were held in Paris. Since then, ten awards have been given.
This year’s winner will be announced on World Athletics platforms ahead of the World Athletics Awards on 11 December in Monaco.
- Valerie Adams (NZL), Chair of the World Athletics Athletes’ Commission,
- Ximena Restrepo (COL), Senior Vice President of World Athletics
- Jon Ridgeon (GBR), CEO of World Athletics, Avid Rudisha (KEN), multiple
- Olympic champion and world champion in the 800 m run
- Sunil Sabharwal (USA), CIFP Secretary General and Member of the World Athletics Executive Committee
- Gianmarco Tamberi (ITA), Olympic champion and world champion in high jump
- Nan Wang (CHN), member of the World Athletics Council