18 July 2021

Bangladesh’s world banker to the poor Professor Yunus to receive Olympic Laurel.

Social entrepreneur, economist, civil society leader and Nobel Prize awardee Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh will become the second recipient of the Olympic Laurel. He will officially receive the trophy during the Opening Ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games on July 23. 

The Olympic Laurel was created by the International Olympic Committee in 2016 to honour outstanding individuals for their achievements in education, culture, development and peace through sport.

Professor Muhammad Yunus, who is often referred to as the “world’s banker to the poor”, receives the Olympic Laurel award for his extensive work in sport for development, including founding the Yunus Sports Hub, a global social business network that creates solutions through sport. 

He has collaborated with the IOC on several projects, including educational elements of the IOC Young Leaders Programme, the “Imagine” Peace Youth Camp and the Athlete365 Business Accelerator – the first comprehensive entrepreneurship programme to help Olympians with career transition.

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