The pride of Ivorian athletics, Marie Josée Ta Lou, for her remarkable performances in previous years, was distinguished by the Mandela Institute. On March 19th, in Paris, Ta Lou received from the prestigious institution, the prize of ” the best African sportswoman 2017 ”.
“I train in Africa, I decided not because I could not afford to be in other places but just to prove to the world that we can come from Africa, be in Africa and bring a plus but especially be a champion (…) It is an honor for me to receive this award; thank you very much for the support. God bless you, “said the athlete deeply moved by this distinction.
Marie Josée Ta Lou was vice world champion 2018 the 60m indoor, vice world champion in 2017 in the 100m and 200m, 100m finalist and 200m at the Olympics (Jo) Rio 2016 champion of Africa 200 m and champion of the 2015 African Games in the 100m and 200m.
It must be emphasized that the Mandela Prizes are awarded to personalities or institutions to reward commendable actions in favor of Africa and peace in the world in the spirit of Pan-Africanism.