Honoured by International Olympic Committee
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Late last night, at the end of a two-day meeting of the IOC Executive Board, the IOC President Jacques Rogge announced that the International Olympic Committee will award one of the IOC's highest honours to Sir Peter Blake.
The announcement that Sir Peter Blake will recieve the IOC Olympic Order was made at the conclusion of the Executive Board meeting, Lausanne, Switzerland.
The IOC President Jacques Rogge, a fellow sailor, was said to be deeply shocked by the loss of Peter's life.
Whilst non-Olympians have in the past received the Olympic Order, it is unusual for this prestigious award to be given to a non-Olympian, and illustrates the international regard beyond the sport of sailing in which Sir Peter Blake is held.
Press Release Issued 13 December 2001 by International Olympic Committee
The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) yesterday awarded the Olympic Order to the New Zealander sailor Sir Peter Blake who died under tragic circumstances in Amazonia on 6 December.
"Sir Peter Blake was one of the most gifted and successful yachtsmen in the world," said the IOC President. "His passion for sport and his determination have made him an exceptional sailor and an out of the ordinary person. I was always impressed by his charisma and inspiring energy."
The Olympic Order was awarded to pay tribute to Sir Peter Blake's outstanding sailing career and to his genuine passion for sport and adventure. The Order will be presented to his family at a later date still to be determined.
The Olympic Order is awarded to a person who has illustrated the Olympic ideal through his action, has achieved remarkable merit in the sports world, or has rendered outstanding services to the Olympic cause, either through his own personal achievement or his contribution to the development of sport. The personalities who have already received the Olympic Order include Fanny Blankers-Koen, Jean-Claude Killy, Bertrand Piccard, Jesse Owens, Steffi Graf, Alberto Tomba, Indira Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela.