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Bangladesh Nobel laureate Yunus to receive Olympic Laurel

  • Published at 11:12 am July 15th, 2021
Dr Mohammad Yunus
File photo: Dr Muhammad Yunus Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The 81-year old economist will be given the award at the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony on July 23

Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus will receive the Olympic Laurel at the Tokyo Games, the second time the trophy has been awarded, the IOC said Thursday.

Yunus, whose pioneering micro-lender has been hailed for cutting poverty across the globe, will be honored for "his extensive work in sport for development", the International Olympic Committee said in a statement.

The 81-year old economist turned globe-trotting celebrity speaker won the Nobel in 2006.

He will be given the award at the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony on July 23.

The Olympic Laurel was created five years ago to recognize endeavors in culture, education, peace and development through sport, according to the IOC.

It was given for the first time at the 2016 Rio Games to Kenyan former Olympian Kip Keino, who opened a children's home, a school and an athletes' training centre in his home country.

Yunus founded the Grameen Bank in the 1980s and shared the Nobel Prize with the micro-lender.

His initiatives include the Yunus Sports Hub, a network of social enterprises that promote development through sports.

Yunus has faced legal troubles in recent years, after he was sacked in 2011 as head of Grameen Bank.

His supporters say he has been targeted by Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who accused him of "sucking blood" from the poor with high interest rates.

In March 2020, he was fined $88 after admitting that a social business firm he set up had broken labor laws.


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