Ion Lazarenco Tiron And The Swim Of Peace To Be HonoredCourtesy of Nobel Peace Prize
Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders in English) was honored as the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
Steven Munatones recalled his interactions with volunteers of the international humanitarian medical organisation that is known for its projects in war zones and in countries affected by endemic diseases. “The organization and its volunteer doctors, nurses and other medical professionals have a wealth experiences and knowledge of how to deal with bacteria, epidemic outbreaks, and diseases of all kinds in areas where clean water, sufficient food, adequate sanitation and other basic necessities are either destroyed, unavailable or unusable. Back in 1984 when I swam around Manhattan Island, one of their volunteers taught me how best to handle swimming in dirty waters and what can help prevent diseases when exposed to poor water quality. It is a remarkable organization that has done so much good in the world for men, women and children negatively impacted by war and medical emergencies due to disasters.”
The Nobel Peace Prize Laureates over the years have similarly been remarkable individuals with incredible achievements from 1901 starting with Henry Dunant of Switzerland for his role in founding the International Committee of the Red Cross to the 2018 recipients Denis Mukwege of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nadia Murad of Iraq for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.
Since World War II, the Nobel Peace Prize has principally been awarded to honor efforts in four main areas: arms control and disarmament, peace negotiation, democracy and human rights, and work aimed at creating a better organized and more peaceful world. In the 21st century, the Nobel Committee has embraced efforts to limit the harm done by man-made climate change and threats to the environment.
While the laureates are celebrated worldwide, the Nobel Committee does not release the names of nominees for its prizes (in Chemistry, Literature, Peace, Physics, and Physiology or Medicine) to the media or the candidates themselves. But information is occasionally released by the person or the people behind the nomination.
In fact, neither the names of nominators nor of nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize may be divulged until the start of the year marking the 50th anniversary of the awarding of a particular prize.
But word has it that Ion Lazarenco Tiron, a Moldavian/Irish citizen living in Bray, Ireland since 1997, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019.
He was nominated for his Swim of Peace, a 3-day 100 km tandem stage swim on the river Prut between Romania and the the Republic of Moldova between May 25th-28th 2018, compleed together with Avram Iancu of Romania.
This weekend in Redondo Beach, California, Tiron will be honored at the 2019 WOWSA Ocean Fest in Redondo Beach, California for being voted as the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.
The WOWSA Ocean Fest includes the annual WOWSA Awards and the Guinness World Records celebration where luminaries and record setters from around the globe will be recognized and honored.
For more information about the 2019 WOWSA Ocean Fest on October 5th-6th, visit www.wowsaoceanfest.com.
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