Commissioner Vassiliou to receive sport-for-all award
The Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA) will present the 2013 Jürgen Palm Award to European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou in recognition of her work to promote grassroots sport and physical exercise for people of all ages.
The award will be presented to Commissioner Vassiliou during the TAFISA World Congress at Enschede (The Netherlands) on Thursday, 24 October.
"I am very honoured to receive this award as I strongly support the work done by TAFISA. I'm pleased to say that Erasmus+, our new programme for education, training, youth and sport, will for the first time include specific actions dedicated to grassroots sport," commented Mrs Vassiliou, whose responsibilities cover education, culture, multilingualism, youth and sport. In total, it is envisaged that Erasmus+ will allocate more than €33 million a year for grassroots sport between 2014 and 2020. It will help, for example, to fund initiatives to combat doping and racism in amateur sport, as well as better representation for women at decision-making level in sports organisations.
The Jürgen Palm Award is named after the founder of TAFISA and father of the Sport for All Movement. Previous recipients of the Jürgen Palm Award include Walther Tröger (former member of the International Olympic Committee and chairman of its Sport for All Commission), Gudrun Doll-Tepper (former President of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education and Vice-President of the German Olympic Sports Confederation), Kyoko Ono (President of Sasakawa Sport Foundation, Japan), Bengt Sevelius (former President of the Swedish Sport Federation), Danilo Miranda (CEO Social Service of Commerce, Brazil) and Nam-Sik Hur (Lord Mayor of Busan, Korea).