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IOC honours Patrick Chamunda

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Patrick Chamunda

Patrick Chamunda

Honorary Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Zambia, Patrick Chamunda, who is also a former President of the National Olympic Committee of Zambia, was prior to closing of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, honoured by the IOC and awarded the OLYMPIC ORDER for his outstanding services to Sport and the Olympic Movement.

The OLYMPIC ORDER is the highest award of the International Olympic Committee and is awarded for particularly distinguished contributions to the Olympic Movement, in recognition of efforts worthy of merit in the cause of sport.

It was established in May 1975.

The insignia of the Olympic Order is in the form of a collar, the front of which depicts the five rings of the Olympic Movement, flanked on either side by kotinos emblem( olive wreath ).

The President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, formally presented the award to Patrick Chamunda and congratulated him for the award saying “the award was in recognition of his efforts and contribution to the establishment of the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka, Zambia, and his contribution to sport and the Olympic Movement over a period of 40 years.”

Commenting on the honour and award, Patrick Chamunda said: “I am extremely happy and humbled by this honour. It is an honour that does not only belong to me but to the country and all sports persons in Zambia, who sometimes struggle under very difficult circumstances to promote and advance sport and the Olympic Movement.

I am grateful to IOC President, Thomas Bach and the Executive Board of the IOC for the award.”

Patrick Chamunda becomes one of a very few sports persons from Africa to have received the Olympic Order.

In 2012, Patrick Chamunda, was honoured by the Zambian Government, for his services to Sport, with the award of the Order of Distinguished Service , First Division.

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