The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has honoured the local organising committee of the U17 Women’s World Cup held in Jordan in September 2016.
The event drew widespread acclaim and praise for its high levels of organisation and management, after they pipped Bahrain, Uruguay, South Africa, and Ireland to the honour of staging the event.
The CEO of the organising committee, Samar Nassar, expressed her happiness for being honored by IOC’s Women and Sport Awards.
“It's great honour for all of us involved in this event to have been recognised in this way by the IOC,” she said. “It reflects the high level of organisation that was achieved by Jordan in hosting this event and every single person who worked on it should feel proud of what they did.”
Nassar paid tribute to HRH Prince Ali Al Hussein, the President of the Jordan Football Association, who led the bid and then the efforts to host the event, and used it to promote football amongst women and girls across the region.
Introduced in 2000, the IOC Award highlights role models and change agents in the pursuit of gender equality.
Six trophies are distributed each year, one for each of the five continents and one at world level.
Narin Hajj Tass, Training Manager for the Jordan Olympic Committee, won the Women and Sport Award for Asia in 2011.