ISSF Vice President Gary Anderson awarded ‘Olympic Order’
The highest award of the Olympic Movement was awarded to the two-time Olympic Champion Gary Anderson (USA) during the ISSF Meetings held in Acapulco, Mexico, yesterday.
The ISSF President, Mr. Olegario Vazquez Rana, who is also an IOC Member, had the great honor to award - in the name of IOC President Jacques Rogge - the IOC Olympic Order to Mr. Gary Anderson, ISSF Vice-President for his outstanding support of the Olympic Movement. The Olympic Order – which is the highest award of the Olympic moment, was awarded to Mr. Anderson during the ISSF Meetings, taking place in Acapulco, Mexico, yesterday.
“Gary Anderson has devoted his life to sport, both as an athlete and as a sports administrator in the USA and at the International Shooting Sport Federations. . Anderson placed his knowledge and experience as an elite athlete at the service of sports administration.” The ISSF President, Mr. Olegario Vazquez Raña, said.
“In recognition of your outstanding merit in the cause of world sport, and of your faithfulness to the Olympic ideal, as illustrated by Pierre De Couberting, in the name of the IOC President Jacques Rogge we award you the Olympic Order.” Mr. Olegario Vazquez Raña said.
Gary Anderson has been a member of the US national shooting team (1959-1969), and gained two Olympic Gold medals in Tokyo and Mexico City. Anderson also claimed seven World Championship medals, two Pan-American Games titles, as well as 16 National Championship titles, setting six individual World Records.
Putting his experience at the service of sport administration, Anderson served USA Shooting as President from 2009. At international level, he joined the international shooting family 1978 as member of the Administrative Council, and he is nowadays serving the ISSF in his role of Vice-President.
The ISSF sends once again our sincere congratulations to Mr. Anderson.