Muhammad Yunus (L) will be rewarded with an Olympic laurel at the upcoming Tokyo Games.© Twitter
Bangladesh Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus will receive an Olympic Laureate at the Tokyo Games for the second time the trophy has been awarded, the COI said on Thursday. Yunus, a leading micro-lender who has been accused of reducing poverty around the world, will be rewarded for his “great work in development sport,” the International Olympic Committee said in a statement. The award will be presented at the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony.
The Olympic Laurel was created five years ago in recognition of its efforts in culture, education, peace and development through sport, according to the COI.
It was first given at the 2016 Rio Games to former Kenyan Olympian Kip Keino, who opened a children’s home, school and Athlete Training Center in his country.
Yunus founded the Grameen Bank in the 1980s and shared the Nobel Prize with a micro-lender.
Among its initiatives is the Yunus Sports Hub, a network of social enterprises that promote development through sport.
Yunus has had legal problems in recent years after being removed from office as head of the Grameen Bank in 2011.
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
In March 2020, he was fined $ 88 after a social enterprise he founded admitted to violating Labor laws.
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