The Fair Play Awards are set to be presented at the Lake Placid 2023 Closing Ceremony in the Olympic Center ©FISU

The International Fair Play Committee (CIFP) is due to present its "highly anticipated" Fair Play Awards at the Lake Placid 2023 International University Sports Federation (FISU) Winter World University Games.

The CIFP is an International Olympic Committee (IOC) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-recognised organisation.

It was formed in 1963 and is therefore celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

"In partnership with CIFP, FISU welcomes the return of the Fair Play awards to the World University Games, following the difficult COVID period, and a forced pause," said FISU Acting President Leonz Eder.

"We are very excited to see the candidates that will emerge from all the nominations we expect to receive from our spectators, athletes and coaches among others."

The CIFP aims to spread ideals of fair play via recognising exceptional acts of sportsmanship as well as developing and promoting educational problems emphasising these values.

Ashley Walden, centre, says Lake Placid's sporting history provides
Ashley Walden, centre, says Lake Placid's sporting history provides "an exceptional backdrop" for instances of fair play and sportsmanship ©ITG

"Lake Placid presents a unique setting for the Fair Play Awards," said executive director of the Adirondack Sports Council and Lake Placid 2023 Organising Committee Ashley Walden.

"Exceptional sporting acts of the past that were witnessed here, such as the Miracle on Ice hockey game or Eric Heiden's five Olympic speed skating gold medals, provide an exceptional backdrop for the stellar performances we expect to see, and for those with the utmost respect for fair play."

Nominations of exceptional acts of fair play, sportsmanship and kindness can be submitted by anyone via the CIFP's channels.

The nominations will be reviewed by a jury before the winner is set to be announced at the Closing Ceremony on Sunday (January 22) at the Olympic Center.

"With most athletes competing here being still students, keeping the 'Fair Play' ethos alive with such a contest has true value in facilitating to identify emerging role models who, with their acts of sportsmanship, will positively affect scores of athletes, coaches, spectators and beyond," said CIFP secretary general Sunil Sabharwal.