Illis Quorum Medal to Professor Arne Ljungqvist
November 24, 2014
It is always a joy to see our friends recognized for their great work by other organizations. We recently learned that our 2014 Humanitarian Award recipient, Professor Arne Ljungqvist, was awarded the “Illis Quorum” medal by the Swedish government.
Arne Ljungqvist was born, raised, and still resides in Sweden. He represented Sweden at the 1952 Olympic Games at a high jump competitor, and he later attended medical school at the Karolinska Institute in Solna, Sweden. He is a Swede, through and through.
Professor Arne Ljungqvist is also someone who cares deeply about the health and welfare of athletes, as well as the culture of sport itself. Throughout his career with the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency, Professor Ljungqvist has always striven to keep sport clean and athletes healthy and free of harmful substances.
The award name translates to “For Those Whose Labors Have Deserved It.” First introduced in 1784 by King Gustav III, the Illis Quorum medal is the highest award any Swedish citizen can receive from the Swedish Government.
Congratulations, Professor Ljungqvist!