The EFPM SPECIAL FAIR PLAY AWARD 2019
The European Fair Play Movement presented its Special Award 2019 to Johannes Thingnes Bø, Olympic Gold Medalist and seven-time World Champion. The Award Ceremony took place in Anterselve (ITA) at the Forum Nordicum the traditional meeting of the 'Union of Nordic Ski Journalists'
Johannes Thingnes Bø finished fourth in the men’s 12.5 km Pursuit event on February 16, 2019 which would have seen him earn 43 World Cup points and € 7,000. However he has forfeited both of them and asked the points and prize money are distributed accordingly to the athletes who finished behind him after admitting to an error of his own doing. Johannes Thingnes Bø only fired four of his five bullets and finished the race with one of his bullets still in the magazine.After the competition he explained: " I would not have received any punishment if I had not come forward myself. It is never easy to give up World Cup points, but I also hope that other athletes can find the motivation and strength to be honest like me in the spirit of fair play, and take responsibility for their future mistakes in case the IBU cannot go back on their own jury decisions.” Photo: Twitter Dare Rupar