Brazilian Olympic Committee President Carlos Arthur Nuzman, left, is presented the Academy’s Eagle Award by Board of Visitors member Peter Tichansky.

Brazilian Olympic Committee President Carlos Arthur Nuzman was presented with the United States Sports Academy’s Eagle Award on 19 November 2009 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by Mr. Peter Tichansky, a member of the Academy’s Board of Visitors and President of the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU).

Nuzman was honored for his successful efforts in bringing the Summer Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to South America for the first time. Brazil won the honor to host the games in 2016, beating out Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo.

Nuzman’s connection with the Games began when he was part of the first Brazilian Olympic volleyball team in 1964. He was president of the Brazilian Volleyball Confederation from 1975 to 1995 before becoming president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee. He is also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO).

The Eagle Award is the Academy’s highest international honor. It is presented to a world leader in sport to recognize that individual’s contributions in promoting international harmony, peace and goodwill through the effective use of sport. Past winners of the award include NBA Commissioner David Stern (2009), former IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch (1999) and His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco (1997).