Local NGO wins IOC Sports and Environment Award


By FeverPitch Reporter

A Kenyan non-governmental organisation has won an International Olympic Committee (IOC) award for sport and environment.

Green Africa Foundation was among the five winners of the inaugural award for their involvement of sport in driving the environment agenda.

The winners represented each continent, others being Oregon Track Club (America), Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau and the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Organising Committee (Asia), German Olympic Sports Confederation (Europe) and Rainbow Project by Rowing New Zealand (Oceania).

Green Africa Foundation chairman, Isaac Kalua

Isaac Kalua, the Green Africa Foundation chairman, received the prize from Robert Storey, President of the Bobsleigh and Tobogganing Federation.

Among the VIP guests to congratulate Kalua was Prince Albert of Monaco.

"I thank God, the IOC, National Olympic of Kenya, Kenya’s ministries of Environment, Youth and Sports, Forestry and Energy for the enabling environment that led to the award," said Kalua, whose presentation was on the subject ‘Moving Forward Together; Stronger communities through sport.’

He said most of the problems facing Africa are environmental (famine, fight over natural resources).

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