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WHO gives thumbs up to "Smokefree" NZ

WHO gives thumbs up to "Smokefree" New Zealand at Westpac Stadium This Friday

THREE New Zealand sports personalities will shoot hoops with a World Health Organization boss as part of celebrations this Friday, when the WHO presents an award to the Health Sponsorship Council for clearing the air of tobacco sponsorship in New Zealand.

The council's efforts since 1990 to kick tobacco out of sports in New Zealand is being recognised with the presentation of the World Health Organization Award for Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Tobacco Control, for 2002.

The Council is one of only five groups and individuals in the Western Pacific region to receive the 2002 award, which focused on making sport tobacco-free, as part of World Smokefree Day on May 31 earlier this year.

WHO's representative in the South Pacific, Dr Shichuo Li will be at Wellington's Westpac Stadium, Level 2 East Lounge, at 11:30am this Friday, 15th November 2002 to present the award.

Afterwards Dr Li will team up with cricket's Black Caps captain Stephen Fleming and two pupils from Karori Normal School in a netball shootout.

They'll be up against rugby's Black Ferns Captain Erin Rush, Health Sponsorship Council's Director Iain Potter and two more Karori Normal School pupils.

A third team with netball's Silver Ferns goal shoot Irene Van Dyk, Associate Health Minister Damien O'Connor and another two pupils will also compete, although the umpire is expected to give Irene Van Dyk a "sufficient handicap".

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