Banjul The Gambia, October 19, 2023 - The president of Gambia National Olympic Committee Ms Beatrice Allen was this week confered with the Olympic Order in recognition of her distinguish and selfless service to Olympism and women in sport empowerment at the 141st IOC Session in Mumbai, India.
It is the highest award of the Olympic Movement. IOC President Thomas Bach presented the award with these words: "You have dedicated your life to making the world a better place through sport.
Established in 1975, the Olympic Order is the highest award of the Olympic Movement. It is awarded for particularly distinguished contributions to the Olympic Movement.
Born in Gambia in 1950, Allen is the Gambia National Olympic Committee President. An expert in international development and gender issues, she also has a storied career within the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Presenting her with the Olympic Order, IOC President Thomas Bach said: "You have dedicated your life to making the world a better place through sport and to improving the lives of our fellow human beings."
Emphasising Allen's role as a tireless advocate for gender equality, Bach continued: "Promoting women in and through sport has been a central theme throughout your career. Whether as the Head of the Gambia Softball Association, Chair of the ANOCA Women and Sports Commission, Vice President of the World Baseball Softball Confederation or President of the Gambian NOC – you have made it your mission to advance the role of women on and off the field of play.
For over a decade, the IOC has been able to count on your great experience, especially the many IOC Commissions where you actively contributed with all your expertise, knowledge and insight. You have made your mark in the Olympic Movement with your vision, energy and exceptional personality. For this, we will always be grateful."