January 27, 2011 / 7:16 PM / 7 years ago

Moses wins career fair play award

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Former American hurdler Edwin Moses was honored with a career World Fairplay Award on Thursday in recognition of his work on promoting drug-free and amateur sport.

<p>Laureus Academy Chairman Edwin Moses attends a news conference in Barcelona February 27, 2007. REUTERS/Albert Gea</p>

Moses, twice Olympic and world 400 meters hurdles champion and a former world record holder, attended a gala ceremony in the Olympic capital to collect the award.

It was made by the International Fair Play Committee and the International Sports Journalists’ Association (AIPS).

The Act of Fair Play Award for the year was given jointly to three athletes -- Amin Zadeh, an Iranian soccer player, Darius Draudvila, a Lithuanian decathlete, and Chinese wrestler Gao Feng.

Zadeh kicked the ball out of play in an Iranian league match when presented with an open goal, refusing to take advantage of the opposition goalkeeper lying injured.

Draudvila probably cost himself the chance of a medal at the European athletics championships when he lent his pole in the pole vault to eventual bronze medalist Belarussian Andrei Krauchanka, who had broken his and was unable to find another.

Gao carried an injured opponent from the arena to receive treatment at the Asian Games even though the rival had been sanctioned for biting him during the contest.

The promotion of Fair Play award went to German sports administrator Walther Troeger.

The final honor, the inaugural Power of Sport Award, was shared by three people -- Nawal El Moutawakel, May El Khalil and Erlingur Johansson.

El Moutawakel was the first Moroccan, African and Arab woman to win an Olympic gold medal and is now a leading figure in the International Olympic Committee.

El Khalil of the Lebanon, who created the Beirut marathon, survived a near-fatal training accident, while the late Icelandic swimming coach Johansson trained disabled swimmers right up to his death late last year from cancer.

Editing by Ken Ferris. To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com

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