Ukraine National Olympic Committee President Sergey Bubka has expressed his pride after receiving the Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award at the Sport Event Management (ISEM) Awards in London this evening.
The Outstanding Contribution Award is the highest honour given to an individual in the international sports event management industry. It is given to a professional who has been considered to have made the most significant contribution to the development of the international sports event management sector.
Sergey Bubka, who is also an IOC Executive Board Member and IAAF Vice President, said: "I am privileged to be back in London to receive this prestigious award and I would like to thank the judging panel for recognizing the work I do in the name of sport around the world.
"I remain committed to engaging young people through sport and addressing the challenges we face such as the scourge of doping and match-fixing. I have had very positive meetings with President Bach since he was elected in Buenos Aires and we share the same vision to promote the Olympic Values to new audiences.
"I have been involved with international sports events all my life, as an athlete and as an administrator with the Ukraine National Olympic Committee, IOC and IAAF as well as the Bubka Sport Club in Ukraine and numerous charity causes. I really believe in the power of sport to have a positive impact on society and it is great to meet so many people at the Awards who share the same passion as me."
Sergey Bubka was a Chairman of the IOC Evaluation and Coordination Commissions of the inaugural 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games (Singapore), and chaired Coordination Commissions for IAAF World Championships in 2011 (Daegu) and 2013 (Moscow). He also takes a leading part in managing famous 'Pole Vault Stars' Indoor meeting in Donesk, Ukraine, for more than two decades.
The ISEM Awards Ceremony took place at the Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch and among the judges were IOC Member Sir Craig Reedie who said: "It is terrific that ISEM have chosen a colleague of mine as their winner of this Award. Sergey is not only one of the world's greatest athletes but he has been involved in a great number of sporting events and fully deserves the recognition he receives."
Bubka expressed his affection for London during the Awards and added: "This great city holds so many special memories for me, in particular the wonderful experiences Ukraine enjoyed at London 2012. The Olympic Games set a high bar for other cities to reach but I am now looking forward to Sochi 2014 which I believe will be a memorable and inspiring Winter Games."
The ISEM Awards 2013 Esteemed Judging Panel;
Sir Craig Reedie, Vice President, International Olympic Committee
Debbie Jevans, CEO, ER 2015
Stacey Allaster, CEO, WTA
Guy Kinnings, Global MD, IMG Golf
Patrick Furlong, MD, PTFI Media
Dave Richardson, CEO, ICC