2009 International Fair Play awards announced

BUDAPEST, Hungary - The International Fair Play Committee says Turkish athlete Elvan Abeylegesse, Eritrea athletics coach Ammanuel Merkorios and Italian football coach Giuseppe Pillon have been distinguished for their acts of fair play during 2009.

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Published: Fri 26 Mar 2010, 8:01 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:21 AM

After Merkorios tried unsuccessfully to help, Abeylegesse lent Ethiopian runner Meselech Melkamu a pair of spikes when Melkamu forgot hers at a hotel and would have been unable to compete in the 10,000 meters at the world championships in Berlin. Melkamu finished second.

Ascoli coach Pillon told his team to allow opponents Regina to score in an effort to restore order after a fight broke out over a questionable goal by his team.

The winners will be honored at a ceremony on Saturday in the southern Hungarian city of Pecs.

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