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Charles Duke – Astronaut who brought Olympic spirit to the Moon with ‘Lunar Olympics’ honoured by IOC

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Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

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Charles Duke, the first man to perform athletics on the Moon along with his commander John Young, was today honoured by IOC President Thomas Bach at a ceremony held in Lausanne, Switzerland.

In April 1972 Apollo 16 astronauts Duke and Young did high jumps on the Moon’s surface in what they dubbed ‘The Lunar Olympics.’

Presenting Duke with the trophy in honour of his feat, President Thomas Bach quipped: Receiving the ‘Sky is the Limit’ award from President Bach, Duke said: “I’m honoured and humbled really, it’s a great honour to receive the ‘Sky is The Limit’ award. I’m sorry my commander John Young is not here to be part of this, he died last January…’

“Until today we could say with many good reasons that the Olympic spirit and the Olympic movement is global – with 206 National Olympic Committees I think that we have all the right to do so. But from today we can say that it’s universal, having seen Olympic Games being organised on the Moon.”

 

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