By Sam Bridge
Multiple gold medal winner will be the headline act at next week's International Sports Innovation Conference in Dubai
Carl Lewis, one of the most celebrated athletes in Olympic history, will be the headline act at next week's International Sports Innovation Conference in Dubai.
Organised by Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, which is a Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, the first International Sports Innovation Conference will be held on November 18 at the Hilton Al Habtoor under the theme Tolerance and Peace in Sport.
Lewis – winner of nine Olympic gold medals and a silver in a storied track and field career – will be sharing his Champion Experience in the final session of the conference.
Also appearing will be Kirsty Coventry, Africa’s most decorated Olympian and Zimbabwe’s Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation; Dr Sonia Ben Cheikh, Tunisia's Minister of Youth and Sports; Daniela Bas, director of the Division For Inclusive Social Development at the United Nation's Department of Economic and Social Affairs; and former Egyptian judoka Mohamed Ali Rashwan, winner of a silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games, and the 1985 and 1987 World Judo Championships.
Lewis will share his memories that include winning 10 World Championship medals as well, eight of which were gold, and setting world records in the 100m, 4×100m, 4×200m relays and the indoor long jump, which has stood since 1984.
The only man to successfully defend an Olympic long jump title, Lewis is one of only three Olympic athletes to win a gold medal in the same individual event - long jump in his case - in four consecutive Olympic Games.
Lewis won the 100, 200m and 4x100m relay gold on his Olympic debut at home in Los Angeles in 1984 to match Jesse Owens' feat of winning four gold medals in the same events at a single Olympic Games (1936 Berlin).
Four years later in 1988 Seoul, Lewis defended his 100m crown and bagged a silver in the 200m, and in 1992 Barcelona, he added another 4x100m relay gold to his collection.For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.