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Nawal El Moutawakel

IOC Member and Moroccan Olympic hurdling champion, Morocco

Nawal is currently the Vice President of the International Olympic Committee. She made history for African sports in general, and that of Morocco in particular, during her victory in the 400-meter hurdles of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984. It is that record that made her a legendary sportswoman, as being the first African-Arab Muslim woman to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games and a symbol of pride for African women. Animated by the desire to emancipate women through sport, Nawal El Moutawakel organises the Women’s Race every year in Casablanca.