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Rare Olympic Order in Silver awarded to a longtime Canadian IOC member
Rare Olympic Order in Silver presented by IOC President Juan-Antonio Samaranch to James Worrall in 1990, housed in its original red leather case by Bertoni, featuring the silver Olympic rings on the lid. The silver collar-style award measures approximately 8.75″ x 12.75″, and features the Olympic rings at center, flanked by linked olive leaves leading into a silver chain. Complete with the original 8.25 x 11.75 certificate conferring the Olympic Order upon Worrall in September 1990.
Established in 1975, the Olympic Order is the highest award of the IOC and is issued to recognize particularly distinguished contributions to the Olympic Movement. It was originally issued in three grades—gold, silver, and bronze—with gold reserved primarily for heads of state or exceptional circumstances.
After competing in hurdles for Canada in the Berlin 1936 Summer Olympics, Worrall put forth a lifetime of effort in favor of the Canadian Olympic cause. From 1964 to 1968, Worrall was the president of the Canadian Olympic Committee, and from 1967 to 1989 he was a member of the International Olympic Committee. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the organizing committees for the Montreal 1976 Summer Olympics and the Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics, and was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1987. A rare and distinguished prize awarded to one of Canada's most respected athletic administrators.