— Published 2 December 2022

Pierre de Coubertin Medal for Michael Payne

Michael Payne’s return to the IOC was a great success. The Briton, former marketing director of the Olympic body, was awarded the Pierre de Coubertin Medal on Thursday 1 December in Lausanne. The medal was presented to him by IOC Vice-President Ser Miang Ng at a ceremony organised in the margins of the IOC Commission meetings. The award recognises Michael Payne’s contribution to Olympism through the publication of a highly original 500-page book, “Toon In!”, which features 1,200 press cartoons by 400 cartoonists on the theme of the Olympic Games. The book won the Sunday Times Illustrated Book of the Year award for 2022. All proceeds from sales of the book are donated to programmes that use sport for social good, including the Back Up Trust, Cartooning for Peace, Peace and Sport and the Yunus Sports Hub.