Date : 25 Mar 2019
New York, USA, March 25, 2019: The International Olympic Committee, in partnership with United Nations Women, presented the Women and Sport Awards for 2019 on the sidelines of the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN HQ in New York on March 19.
International baseball umpire from Chinese Taipei Ms Po Chun Liu was awarded the World Trophy for her staunch advocacy for female empowerment through sport.
Throughout her sporting journey she has refused to let gender discrimination stand in the way. It has not been an easy road. But her determination saw her go from being a volunteer in Little League to becoming the first female baseball umpire in her native Chinese Taipei.
With a boost from the New York Yankees, the figure known as “the Mother of Women’s Baseball” in Chinese Taipei has gone on to umpire internationally in World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) tournaments and made Forbes’ 2018 list of the “Most Powerful Women in International Sports”.
A passionate social worker, Liu works relentlessly to create opportunities for girls and women to get involved in sport, either in leadership roles or on the field of play by organising baseball clinics, workshops and international games in her home country. Her objective: to “strike out gender discrimination”.
Five Continental Trophies were awarded, including the Asia award to:
Ms Saada Al-Ismaili (Oman): A leading activist for women’s sport in the Gulf region and the Arab world, Al-Ismaili has successfully designed and efficiently implemented plans and programmes aimed at promoting girls’ and women’s sport throughout the regions and governates of the Sultanate of Oman.
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