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Nobel Peace Prize winner Yunus to receive Olympic Laurel

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh will receive the Olympic Laurel at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games on July 23, the International Olympic Committee said Thursday.

Yunus, 81, will be the second recipient of the Laurier, a new tradition initiated by the IOC at the Rio 2016 Games by honoring former Kenyan runner Kip Keino.

The Laurel is intended to recognize “outstanding individuals for their achievements in the fields of education, culture, development and peace through sport,” said the IOC.

Yunus, social entrepreneur, banker and economist, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for pioneering the concepts of microcredit and microfinance.

IOC President Thomas Bach said Yunus was “a great inspiration to all of us.

“He helps athletes in their post-sport career development to become socially responsible entrepreneurs and shares our vision of how sport can contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

“In particular, with Paris 2024, it is helping to build a new model for the Olympic Games with minimum impact for the planet and maximum impact for the heritage of the inhabitants of the host country.” (Dpa / NAN)

(NAN)

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